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Kamitaki of Waiakea High School named Presidential Scholar


Two Hawai‘I Students Named Presidential Scholars

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr. today congratulated two outstanding Hawai‘i high school seniors for being selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Nolan M. Kamitaki of Waiākea High School and Caitlin E. Mori of Sacred Hearts Academy were among the 141 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars who were selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars based on their academic success, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

“Nolan Kamitaki and Caitlin Mori have excelled in academics and community service, and all of Hawai‘i can be proud that these two outstanding students will represent our state as 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars,” said Governor Lingle. “I have had the privilege and opportunity to watch both Caitlin and Nolan apply their academic knowledge – specifically their science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM skills – in robotics competitions and the science fair. They are innovative thinkers, strong leaders and exceptional role models.”

“I congratulate both of these future leaders who have proven themselves among the best in our state and nation,” said Lt. Governor Aiona. “Their accomplishments are not only a credit to their own academic achievement, but also to the support of their teachers, families and community.”

Kamitaki and Mori will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 19-22. Governor Lingle will also recognize Hawai‘i’s Presidential Scholars, as well as the four other semifinalists from the state at a ceremony at the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 5, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

The 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars include one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large and 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Of the nearly 3.2 million graduating high school seniors in the country, approximately 3,000 students – including 42 from Hawai‘i – were identified as candidates in this program. Last month, six Hawai‘i students were named semifinalists.

Participation in the program is by invitation only; students do not apply individually, nor do their schools nominate them.

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