* Personal: Age 17; daughter of Duane and Agnes Hayashi of Makawao; enjoys ballet and jazz dance, reading, going to the beach, watching movies, camping, hanging out with friends and family.
* At School: Student body president, National Honor Society vice president, Dramatic Arts, Interact Club, Peace Club, School Community Council, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutor.
* Off Campus: Miss Outstanding Teenager of Hawaii 2007-08, Maui Academy of Performing Arts dancer, Grace Bible Church youth ministry, Pukalani Baptist Church member, Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer, Pukalani Elementary School Math Matters team assistant coach, Maui District Student Council Organization chairperson, Secondary Student Conference 2008 delegate, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp, Youth Relay For Life, student coordinator for Stomp Out Hunger event for Feed My Sheep.
Celina Jean Ku‘unani
* Beyond High School: Earn a degree in biology or biomedical engineering at a school on the Mainland, then continue to medical school. Would like to return to Hawaii to practice pediatrics or psychiatry, serving the "wonderful community that I have been raised in and that has touched my life so richly. Embracing the wisdom of Albert Einstein, I believe 'only a life lived for others is worth living.' I feel that fulfilling my aspiration of becoming a doctor would be the best use of my abilities for the benefit of others."
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today?
"I believe the biggest challenge facing my generation is not realizing one's full potential. I constantly witness amazing students become complacent, justifying such actions with claims of not being 'smart' or 'good' enough. With passion, tenacity and hard work, no endeavor is impossible. Youths must embrace this mantra; cease settling for temporary satisfaction in drugs, alcohol and other poor decisions; and believe in themselves to fulfill their amazing destinies."
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.