* Personal: Age 17; daughter of Michael and Cynthia Kawagishi of Makawao; enjoys hula and ukulele.
* At School: Interact Club treasurer, Student Senate class representative, honor rolll, Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program.
* Off Campus: Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka hula dancer, Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center donor and volunteer, volunteer instructor for Kamehameha Schools Maui Ka Lei O Ka Lanakila, Holy Ghost Church feast volunteer, Maui Marathon volunteer, Pukalani Dental Group receptionist, King Kekaulike Project Graduation Donation and Publicity Committee.
Ashley Anela Kawagishi
* Beyond High School: Plans to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa or Hilo. Would like to be a part of UH honors program and earn a degree in computer science. After college, would like to program systems that will help people explore areas that have not been explored. Hopes her work will bring valuable information to mankind.
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today? "Today's youth are highly influenced by media. Problems are caused when negative influences are portrayed in the media, and youth model themselves after these influences in an effort to make themselves more attractive to their peers. Models are perceived as perfect, and present an unrealistic image. Teen role models are portrayed as being cool with their partying, drinking and drug use. Music is filled with adult lyrics that teens try to imitate. Parents need to provide guidance to their children and make them understand what reality is. "
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.