‘Hard work pays off’

The Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation announced that Grace Yatsko, a graduate of Kapaa High School, is the recipient of the Hawaii High School Humanitarian of The Year.

Yatsko, 17, will receive a $5,000 scholarship after being chosen from a pool of 75 candidates from across the state. Each candidate had to keep a record of helping others and show their commitment to carrying out various humanitarian activities.

“When you volunteer, you help change the world,” she said. “It may not seem like you are, but even a small gesture can go a long way. It inspires others. Volunteering may seem like hard work, but hard work pays off. It’s just a great feeling when you can help others and see what it has accomplished.”

The Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation chose Yatsko because of her leadership skills and contributions to her local community, including numerous fundraising events that have generated thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.”

“It is a true honor to recognize this impressive young woman. It’s clear that she loves the community she lives in and goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of people she encounters,” stated Mark S. Davis, one of the firm’s founders. “She truly represents what this scholarship program is all about.”

Yatsko will attend Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., in the fall. She intends to pursue a degree in English with a concentration in education.

“Teachers have such an influence on children and I want to be a positive inspiration for students. I want to educate students to respect each other and their community,” she said. “I also want to help students believe they can get into college and achieve their professional ambitions.”

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