On Wednesday, we hosted our 17th Annual Citizen-Scholar Awards ceremony via Zoom to recognize and honor 41 outstanding seniors from public schools around the state. These students truly epitomize the term "student-leader" in that they have excelled in the classroom and in their communities.
Each of the above students received a $1,000 scholarship. After carefully reviewing the applicants, we also selected the top Scholar for each county, each of whom received an additional $2,500.
Citizen-Scholar County Winners
Braelyn I. Cayaban
Waimea High School
Jessica Li Chang
‘Aiea High School
Aleth S. Sabugo
King Kekaulike High School
University of Hawai‘i Maui College
Riley T. Blaber
Kealakehe High School
Finally, we picked the top male and female student from this year's class and awarded them an additional $5,000 scholarship. These students were absolutely excellent in everything that they have done and will undoubtedly excel in whatever they choose to pursue in the future.
Citizen-Scholar Top Male & Female
Moloka'i High School's Mallory Go, left, was selected as the top female Scholar in the Citizen-Scholar Class of 2021. She will attend Brown University in the fall. Owali Moea'i, hailing from Hana High & Elementary School, is this year's top male Scholar, and he will be attending Brigham-Young University - Hawai'i.
Mahalo to both the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the State Department of Education who help to make this important HLTA initiative a success. My warmest thanks also to our sponsors- without the generosity of the following organizations, we would not be able to reward and recognize this class of student-leaders:
In June, the #HiGotVaccinated campaign will launch, bringing together local government, community partners, and a wide variety of small businesses to encourage locals to get vaccinated in the month of June. At the time of writing this, just over half of Hawai'i residents are fully vaccinated and, as you know, we are working tirelessly to push this number closer to 70% which would bring our community closer to herd immunity.
As such, the #HiGotVaccinated campaign is looking for partners who are willing to donate in support of this cause. There are currently two different ways that you may contribute:
Finally, the #HiGotVaccinated website is up and will soon feature a directory of promotional offers and prizes. Please keep an eye out for updates at higotvaccinated.com.
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