PUHI — Angelica Huyen Tran, a senior at Waimea High School, was named the recipient of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation Young Woman in Public Affairs Award last week during the club’s annual scholarship luncheon at the Regency at Puakea.
Tran, who earlier was the recipient of a high Army Jr. ROTC award, was recognized for her community service and government experience, the majority of which has come through the Army Jr. ROTC program.
Tran is a member of the Waimea High School Jr. ROTC Color and Honor Guard, the Saber Drill Team and Raiders.
She plans on attending the University of Southern California with a major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science while minoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures.
The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women, states the Zonta newsletter.
Tran was one of 11 students who were recipients of Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation scholarships and were honored along with their parents at the luncheon.
Diean Kamauoha, a Kaua‘i Community College student pursuing an Associates of Science Degree and a mother of eight and married, was the recipient of the KCC student scholarship.
Nicole Isoda, coming off a performance for the 43rd Mokihana Music Scholarship, is ranked No. 1 in her senior class at Kapa‘a High School.
The recipient of the Bothman Family Scholarship is in the “Running Start” program at KCC and plans to pursue a Doctorate in Mathematics and Computer Sciences toward her dream of teaching.
Courtney Brede, a senior at Kapa‘a High School, was named recipient of the Akana Family Scholarship, Brede planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Megan Walsh, ranked No. 1 in her senior class at Kaua‘i High School, was announced the recipient of the In Memory of Eleanor “Ellie” Lloyd scholarship, Walsh planning to pursue a career in Medicine.
Annalissa Hartsell, ranked No. 2 in her senior class at Waimea High School, was the recipient of the In Memory of brother Dave, Karen Snepp Charitable Fund award, Hartsell planning on pursuing degrees in Dance and Medicine.
Michelle Cruz, a senior at Kapa‘a High School, will utilize her scholarship toward pursuing a career as a Pediatrician and Isabelle Curtis, a senior at Kaua‘i High School, is looking at pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.
Nicole Rapozo, a Kapa‘a High School senior and also an early admit “Running Start” student at KCC, plans on pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology while Shelley Tottori, a senior at Kaua‘i High School, will be pursuing a medical doctor’s degree in Determology.
Carla Tuzon, a top-ranked senior at Kapa‘a High School, will be pursuing a medical doctor’s degree in Pediatrics.
Melinda Uohara is the chair of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i Foundation with Mary Thronas as co-chair. Yoshiko “Dimples” Kano is the Foundation secretary, Manima “Leslee” Dancosse is treasurer. Marge Akana, Marlene Greer and Edie Ignacio Neumiller, president of the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i, serve as trustees to the Foundation.
The mission of Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Visit www.zonta-kauai.org for more information.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.