Tanisha Valdez

A Close-up look at Maui County's High School Athletes presented by Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

• King Kekaulike High School / Grade 12

• GPA: 4.0 (AP calculus, psychology)

• SPORTS: Softball, basketball, soccer, bowling

• FAMILY: Corinne and Freddy Valdez of Makawao

• FUTURE PLANS: Studying biology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, become a cardiac surgeon

• SPORTS LESSONS: “Being an athlete has taught me to become a humble leader, to stand up, and to lead the team. I’ve always been the youngest on the team and with a positive attitude and 100 percent effort every time you step on the field or on the court, you can make a difference.”

* Sports Spotlight students are selected by athletic officials from Maui County high schools and these profiles are compiled by the sports department of The Maui News. The Alexander & Baldwin Foundation makes a $200 donation in honor of each student athlete to their high school’s athletic fund.