Two high school students have been selected to receive the Brian Kajiyama Heart of a Warrior Scholarship. Congratulations to Celyna Becerra and Julie Kobayashi!
Celyna Becerra overcame the effects of a challenging move to Hawai’i from Japan, dealing with not being understood and accepted, and tried learning English as quickly as possible. Upon graduation from Punahou School, Ms. Becerra will further her studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa this fall where she plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
Julie Kobayashi overcame the effects of a heart transplant, transitioning to a different high school than her friends, and dealt with side effects of immunosuppressive medication. Upon graduation from Kalani High School, Ms. Kobayashi will further her studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa this fall and also plans to pursue a career in the medical field.