WAIMEA — Waimea High School seniors Robyn Acob, BreeAnn Cayaban and Vincent Altomare are recipients of the 2017 Randal and Debbie Valenciano Scholarships, state Judge Randal Valenciano announced.
Cayaban is the current Waimea High School JROTC battalion commander, student body president, Interact Club president, and a member of the Health Occupations for Teens Club, the National Honor Society where she received an award for maintaining a grade poiont average of above 3.5, the Spanish Honor Society, Adopt-a-Highway, the Waimea High School Leo Club, the Bayanihan Club and the Spanish Club.
She was also selected the most valuable member of the school’s cross country team, where she served as team captain, and participated on the girls varsity soccer team, where she was also designated captain. She also competed on the school’s track and field team as well as volunteering two hours each week at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
Cayaban aspires to become a nurse and plans on concentrating on pre-med studies at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington.
Altomare, maintaining a GPA of 3.4 at Waimea High, is a member of the Waimea JROTC, the Kauai Youth Honor Band, the National Honor Society, the Waimea High band and the Starlighters Jazz Band.
He was a member of the school’s cross county team, the boys varsity soccer team which captured the Kauai Interscholastic Federation title, and the Vid Roc team who was recognized by the Kauai County Council for having Hawaii’s first live-stream rocket launch.
He plans on pursuing a career in filmmaking, majoring in digital or broadcast media at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Acob, aspiring to become a nurse through studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, maintains a GPA of 4.0 and is the Waimea High student body vice president, and involved in Waimea JROTC, Spanish Club, Bayanihan Club, Leo Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Interact Club and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Kekaha.
Randal Valenciano’s mother, Maria, a graduate of Waimea High, and his father, Placido Valenciano Sr., unable to graduate because of the need to leave school and support his family by working at Olokele Sugar Co., believed that through hard work, faith and education, anyone can succeed. Both were not college graduates, but through hard work and numerous sacrifices provided a college education for all six of their children. Randal Valenciano is the youngest.