3 grads receive Kaimana scholarships

Ceci Sun, Lee Ann Sagucio and Lauren Riley were among Hawai‘i’s top public and private school students honored with the HMSA Kaimana Awards and Scholarships yesterday at the Kahala Resort and Hotel.

Waimea graduate Sun was one of three athletes who received a $3,000 distinguished scholarship for her athletic and academic achievements and community involvement. This school year, Sun was the captain of the three-time Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation championship air riflery team and the captain of the bowling, cross country and KIF champion girls tennis team.

She was also the president of both the Kaua‘i District Student Council and the Waimea High National Honor Society. Making the principal’s list all four years, she received the Waimea Parent, Teacher and Student Association Academic Award, Mathematics Mastery Award and the Junior ROTC Superior Cadet Award.

In her spare time, she volunteered at the Waimea Alumni Friends and Family Foundation’s carnival and Kaua‘i’s annual Farm Fair.

Sun will attend the University of California, San Diego, this fall with plans on majoring in international studies with an emphasis on economics.

Sun was not available to attend yesterday’s ceremony because she was in China doing volunteer work.

Fellow Waimea graduate Sagucio joined Sun on the riflery and tennis teams. Her community service included Waimea’s Leo Club and adopt-a-highway cleanups. She was also responsible for supervising and developing 145 cadets as Waimea’s Junior ROTC command sergeant major.

Sagucio plans on studying business at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Kaua‘i High School graduate Riley played on the girls soccer team, which captured the bronze medal at this year’s Division II state championships. She was the student body vice president and volunteered at the Kaua‘i Food Bank, the Kaua‘i Humane Society and beach cleanups.

Riley will attend Chapman University to study international business and Spanish.

Both Sagucio and Riley were the recipients of $2,000 scholarships.

In addition, 10 high schools received Kaimana Awards for achieving the highest program scores in their league and division.

The Kaimana Award is a unique crystal trophy on a lava-rock pedestal. A surprise bonus of $1,500 was also presented to each of the 10 winning schools.

More than $70,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to 21 students and 30 schools.

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