Zonta Club of Kauai recognizes nine young women scholars

The Zonta Club of Kauai Scholarship Committee has announced its 2007 scholarship recipients in a press release.

Beatrice Wu is the recipient of the Kawakami Scholarship made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Galen Kawakami. A senior at Island School, Wu will be attending Stanford in the fall where she plans to major in Asian Studies and eventually achieve a masters in International Business. She speaks Vietnamese and plans on being proficient in both Chinese and Korean by the time she is finished with school. She is also interested in learning the culture of these countries. In researching her senior project on microfinance, Beatrice read Muhammad Yunus’s “Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty” in which he shares his dream of a world where there will be a predominance of social-objective-driven entrepreneurs. She shares this dream and believes it resonates well with the ideals of Zonta International.

Camden Lorenz, a senior at Kapa‘a High School, is interested in attending the University of Washington and has chosen to enter the medical field with psychiatry as her area of specialty. Lorenz said she believes aiding others by correcting esteem issues or improving upon developing sound minds, she would strengthen the well-being and contentment of these individuals, the release states. She also believes that with a happier, more confident people comes a happier, sturdier society. As a junior, Camden was selected to represent Kauai on the KIUC Youth Tour and was also the representative to the NRECA Youth Council Leadership Program in Washington, D.C.

Ella Arume, a senior at Kapa‘a High School, will be attending Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i in the fall and after graduation plans on attending a mainland university to achieve a degree in veterinary medicine. This summer she will be doing a month-long internship on a goat farm in Tennessee. After graduation, Ella plans on returning to Kaua‘i as a large animal veterinarian.

Kelly Joyce, a senior at Waimea High School, will be this year’s valedictorian. Kelly believes that the best opportunity to develop her leadership potential would be an education at one of the four U.S. Service Academies and subsequent service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Military. She has already received appointments to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Coast Guard Academy at New London and the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. Her desire is to major in English or History and minor in French. She is leaning towards accepting the five-year scholarship at the Naval Academy, pursuing leadership experience as a Military Intelligence Officer, Surface Warfare Officer or Judge Advocate General Officer.

Elizabeth Blaylock, a senior at Kapa‘a High School, is interested in attending the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts to study Cinema and Television Production. In high school, Elizabeth initiated a volunteer program, “Share a Sandwich, Make a Friend,” to help needy kids in her school. In her application, she quoted Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

Dianna Cowern, a senior at Island School, is this year’s Salutatorian. She is passionate about math and science, and has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles and New York University. In her junior year, Dianna participated in a foreign exchange program in the Dominican Republic, believing that programs such as these help promote understanding and unity throughout the world by allowing people to see the world through the eyes of a different culture. Dianna plans on participating in a foreign exchange program to a Spanish-speaking country during her four years in college. She also plans to continue her study of music, including piano and voice.

Shantal Guirao is a senior at Waimea High School. Her long-term goal is to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. In the meantime, she will be busy earning a bachelor’s in nursing because she loves working with people. After college she plans to return to Kaua‘i, where her all-time dream job would be to become a head administrator at a local hospital.

Leslie Ann Gudoy, a senior at Waimea, plans to attend Kapi‘olani Community College. After completing her two-year degree, she plans to attend a Mainland university to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Radiology.

The 2007 Young Woman in Public Affairs Award recipient is Jasmine Blaine, a senior at Island School. The YWPA Award recognizes leadership and volunteerism in young women. Jasmine was so touched by a story that she read on CNN about sexually abused women in the Congo, Africa, that she started a service project collecting recycling from several local restaurants, sending the money that she makes to the under-funded Panzi Women’s Hospital, helping the women of Africa.

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