‘Our future leaders’

  • Photo courtesy Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association

    Hannah Collins-Doijode, Kapaa High School, center, is honored as Kauai’s most outstanding citizen-scholar at a ceremony at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach last month. From left are Mufi Hannemann, Hawaii Lodgint &Tourism Association president and CEO; state Department of Education Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Covell; Collins-Doijode; HLTA project Chairperson Glenn Vergara of the Alohilani Waikiki Resort Hotel; and Ron Nagasawa, senior vice president, Oahu Publications.

WAIKIKI — Kapaa High School’s Hannah Collins-Doijode was named Kauai County’s “Most Outstanding Citizen-Scholar” Award recipient at the 15th Annual Citizen-Scholar luncheon held at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

Collins-Doijode won first place in the state HOSA (Helath Occupation Students of America) CPR/First Aid Competition, and spent her summer as an intern for Hawaii Pacific Health.

She heads to Johns Hopkins University in the fall, and plans to pursue a career as a physician. Long-term, Collins-Doijode aspires to return home to practice in Hawaii after completing her education.

This $2,500 scholarship was granted to her in addition to the $1,000 she received as one of the 42 Citizen-Scholar awardees. This event, a partnership between the Hawaii Lodging &Tourism Association, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and the state Department of Education, accords recognition to one exceptional senior from across Hawaii’s public high schools.

Participating in the ceremony were HLTA President and CEO Mufi Hannemann; Ron Nagasawa, senior vice president of Oahu Publications, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser parent company; and Assistant Superintendent of Education Cynthia Covell. Emcees for the event were Diane Ako of KITV News and journalist Yunji de Nies.

“These four outstanding students represent all the finest attributes of our future leaders, and we could not have asked for more gifted and well-rounded recipients,” Hannemann said. “Congratulations to Hannah, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors!”

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