* Personal: Age 16; daughter of Jan Ornelas of Lahaina; enjoys reading, traveling, ceramics, astro photography, paddling and history.
* At School: Students Against Destructive Decisions club president, Student Body treasurer, National Honor Society president, Honor Council, volleyball.
* Off Campus: Rotary International Peace Convention, working with special needs kids.
* Beyond High School: Plans to attend college with a dual major in English and history. Wants to do a community service study abroad program. Plans on teaching later in life. After graduating college, wants to go out in the community and do aid work.
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today?
"My personal hero is my mom. As a single parent of three kids, one of which is autistic, I have watched her work tirelessly to create a better life for us. My mom is the reason I want to pursue a career in humanities. I see what she does for others and it makes me want to be as selfless as she is. When I was in 8th grade, my mom gave me a ring that had "Be the change you wish to see in the world" engraved in it. This is how I plan to live the rest of my life. If it were not for my mom, I would not be as driven as I am in academics or community service."
The students in this weekly feature are selected by officials at their respective high schools. "Student Spotlight" recognizes students of good character who are involved in school or community activities such as athletics, clubs, student government and volunteer work.