Age 17; daughter of Edna Sedano of Lanai City; enjoys hanging out with friends, church activities, playing with children.
* At School:
Carmela Bianca Sedano
Academic Excellence awards in grades 9, 10 and 11; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America president; Department of Echelon Chi Association (business club); college fair volunteer; junior varsity cross-country; L Club; participated in project to sew pants for needy; reading tutor for students in preschool through grade 3.
* Off Campus:
King's Cathedral youth ministry/choir member and workday volunteer, Keiki 'o Lana'i Preschool intern, Sweetest Days cashier, baby-sitting, Women Helping Women volunteer.
* Beyond High School:
Plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo and major in early childhood education; would like to open a child care center.
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today?
"We usually say true friends are the ones who help us better ourselves, but does it really benefit us or them? There are numerous teenagers out there struggling to be the person their friends want them to be because they feel that it will help them. I've seen various teenagers changing the way their friends dress and act because they say that it will make him/her be more confident. From my perspective, it's too hard for teenagers to be themselves because of how society is set up. I believe true friends let you be different when you want to be."
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.