Kaneohe Rotary Gives College Boost To Area High School Grads

Kaneohe Rotary Club

At Kaneohe Rotary Club’s May 6 recognition luncheon, the club presented scholarships to four high school graduates from Kaneohe (in orange leis, from left) GeRysand Matsui Cabanilla of St. Francis High, brothers William and Nicholas Young of Kamehameha, and Micah Chaiprakorb of Hawaiian Mission Academy. Scholarship committee members are (from left) Sandy Matsui-Cabanilla, Larry Smith, Alex Conception, Cheryl Parker and scholarship chairman Pete Seymour. Photo from Cheryl Parker.

Kaneohe Rotary Club honored four outstanding Kaneohe residents with its annual college scholarship awards last month.

The grants were presented at a luncheon meeting of the club at Pohai Nani Retirement Residence. All honorees are 2014 high school graduates.

* Nicholas Young, Kamehameha Schools, will study biology and pre-med at University of Portland, using a $5,000 Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation grant. Young was Academic Player of the Year in football, excelled in honors classes and is a certified referee with Kaneohe AYSO.

* William Young, Kamehameha Schools, will study electrical engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, using the $1,500 Dr. Richard Yokoyama Rotary Scholarship. He also was Academic Player of the Year in football, AYSO referee and earned other honors and activities similar to his twin brother, Nicholas.

* GeRysand Matsui Cabanilla, a St. Francis High School graduate, will study renewable energy engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology, using his $1,000 Kaneohe Rotary Club Scholarship. He studied in honors classes, was captain and MVP on the Pac 5 varsity soccer team, and also was a certified referee with Kaneohe AYSO.

* Micah Chaiprakorb, Hawaiian Mission Academy, will pursue premed studies at Southern Adventist University using his $1,000 Kaneohe Rotary Club scholarship. An honors student, he was student body president as well as freshman, sophomore and junior class president. Chaiprakorb also led vacation bible school and the praise and worship team.