Lions present scholarships

LIHUE — Two seniors from Kauai High School and one from Kapaa High School received scholarship awards from the East Kauai Lions Club recently at the Lihue Neighborhood Center.

Jaya-Lynne Ruiz-Acantilado and Railee Layosa, both four-year members of the Kauai High School Leo Club, and Leighton Moniz, heading for a career as a Triton baseball player, earned $1,000 each to assist them in their respective pursuits beyond high school.

Ruiz-Acantilado, daughter of Ronnel Acantilado and Jocelyn Ruiz, finished her high school chapter as the corresponding secretary for the Leo Club and is looking at a curriculum of business management and political science at Skidmore College in upper New York. She closed her high school career with a cumulative grade point average of 4.042.

Layosa, daughter of Michael and Ranee Layosa, was a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America Club, and student body sergeant at-arms. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree in dermatology at Pacific University in Oregon.

Moniz, son of Wilson and Tammy Moniz, is looking forward to becoming a Triton at the Edmonds Community College in Seattle. As the captain of the Warriors baseball team, Moniz also played football, basketball, golf and soccer at Kapaa High School, and will use his baseball scholarship and the EK Lions scholarship toward his study of business. Maintaining a GPA of 3.6, Moniz was a part of the Warrior Credit Union.

Janice Bond is the chair for the EK Lions Scholarship Committee, which includes Elaine Saiki, Roy Nishida and Past District Governor Kelvin Moniz.


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