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City Council Lauds West Oahu Grads

Students (from left, holding certificates) Kathryn Kelly, Chris Negrillo and Megan Madeira were honored by City Councilmembers (back, from left) Joey Manahan, Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang, Ann Kobayashi, Carol Fukunaga, Ernest Martin and (front, left) Breene Harimoto and (front, right) Ron Menor for their academic achievements and community service. Photo from City Councilman Ron Menor.

Two recent area graduates – Kathryn Kelly of Campbell High School and Chris Negrillo of Waipahu High – have been recognized by the City Council for their exemplary track records during their high school years.

City Councilmen Ron Menor and Breene Harimoto honored the pair, along with Mililani High’s Megan Madeira, during a June 5 City Council meeting at Honolulu Hale.

After taking numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses, Kelly earned a 4.177 GPA and ranked first in her class.

“Kathryn is an outstanding student and senior class president,” said Menor. “She was a member of the National Honor Society and other student organizations. She also somehow found time to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and as a Sunday School teaching assistant.”

She will attend USC in the fall, where she plans a double major in international relations and English.

A scholar-athlete, Negrillo was captain of the Marauders judo team while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. In his spare time, he also was involved with various service projects.

“When it comes to community service, few young people his age are as dedicated,” said Harimoto. “Chris volunteered as a member of Waipahu High’s Key Club chapter for numerous community events that raised funds for cancer research, rejuvenated an endangered marsh wetland, brightened the hearts of children and the elderly, and provided for the poor and homeless.”

Negrillo will attend Leeward Community College in the fall before transferring to University of Southern California next spring.