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HMSA - Kaimana Awards

(HawaiiNewsNow) - This week Hawaii News Now is teaming up with HMSA to feature this year's distinguished Kaimana Award recipients. It's a scholarship award based on athletics, academics and community service.

Penina Lima, Kapolei High School:

Penina played soccer for Kapolei and Leahi Club Soccer, and was a member of the cross-country team. While in the Kamehameha Scholars program, Penina worked with kids at homeless shelters and created mandatory tutoring sessions for qualified student athletes so they could improve their grades and continue playing sports. She plans to double major in business administration and pre-law at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Erin Carvalho, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii:

Erin was captain of the cross-country team and participated in three state championship races. She represented Hawaii at the National Southeast Cross Country Conference in Australia and was a member of the track and field and swim teams. Erin was honored for her achievement in algebra and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to study to become a teacher at UH Manoa.

Lauren Claypoole, Island School:

Lauren served as the basketball team captain and played community league basketball and Kauai Interscholastic Federation volleyball. She was the school's second singles player in tennis and team captain, and received the Coach's Award for cross-country. Lauren was student government president and captain of the Mock Trial team. She participated in the National Honor Society and plans to attend Williams College in Massachusetts, majoring in neuroscience.

Charisse Manley, Molokai High School:

Charisse was a three-time state medalist in wrestling and was coached by her father. She was a member of the cross-country, track and field, and volleyball teams, and valedictorian of the class of 2012. Charisse wants to continue her family's legacy of teaching by attending Azusa Pacific University in California and pursuing a degree in education.

Cheyenne Pico, Hana High & Elementary School:

Cheyenne played volleyball and paddled. She was active in student government and served as senior class president. She maintained a 3.9 GPA while working as a maid, serving as a class officer, helping to care for her sibling, and taking hula. She plans to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, and return as Hana's first Hawaiian pediatrician.

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