Giving back has rewards

LIHUE — Brittney Yoshida was one of three graduating high school seniors who filled the circle ringed with luminaria and welcomed the veil of night at the American Cancer Society’s Northshore Relay for Life in Kilauea.

A part of the Excel Dance Studio cadre of dancers heralding the lighting of decorated luminaria set up to remember loved ones who were overcome by their battles against cancer, Yoshida is the 2016 Fujita & Miura Public Relations Scholar. The honor comes with a $1,000 scholarship for use toward college expenses.

“We all can contribute in different ways,” Yoshida said. “At any point in our lives, we can give time and/or treasure.”

The daughter of Vernon and Laurie Yoshida of Lihue was among the graduates from Kauai High School, making her mark with a 4.0 GPA. She was the student body president, and a member of the Interact, Spanish, and Leo clubs, taking part in a number of community service projects.

A part of the Kauai High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism program which included a 120-hour summer internship at the Kauai Marriott Resort, Yoshida was guided to her choice of a career path in event planning in the hotel industry. She will be heading to the University of Nevada Las Vegas this week.

“Brittney is an exemplary student leader, and a product of Kauai who is poised to flourish in college, and her future career,” said Jenny Fujita, a partner with FMPR. “We are so pleased to be able to contribute to her education.”

FMPR Scholars are selected based on several criteria.

“We are very impressed with Brittney’s values and philosophy in regards to community service,” said Joy Miura Koerte, a partner with FMPR. “Her desire and willingness to help others is admirable in a young adult.”

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