Age 17; daughter of Gordon and Espie Tavares of Kahului; enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, planning events.
* At School:
Senior class vice president, marching and symphonic band, Health Occupations Students of America, National Honor Society, Japanese Club, Math League.
* Off Campus:
Hale Makua volunteer, Christ the King Church Faith Formation student.
* Beyond High School:
Plans to attend a university on the Mainland; doing so, she believes, will "give me a greater life experience." Her goal is to become a pediatrician.
* Who is your personal hero and why?
"I don't have just one hero; I have many. My heroes are all the members of our health care community. Their jobs revolve around helping people in need and putting others before themselves. Great health care professionals have tremendous compassion and dedication. My mother is a nurse, and I can constantly recognize the effort and passion she and her co-workers put into ensuring that their patients have the best care they can offer. I can't possibly imagine a world without health care professionals. These people are truly inspiring."
The students in this weekly feature are selected by officials at their respective high schools. "Student Spotlight" recognizes students of good character who are involved in school or community activities such as athletics, clubs, student government and volunteer work.