Personal: Age 17; daughter of Benedicto and Rosemarie Caberto of Lanai City; enjoys piano, hula.
At School: Student body president, Health Occupations Students of America president, Pacific Asian Affairs Council, Coalition for Drug Free Lanai youth representative, honor roll, basketball.
Off Campus: Youth Ministries, Lanai Union Church Thrift Shop.
Kristi Marie Caberto
Beyond High School: Short-term goal after high school is to graduate from college and get a bachelor's degree in biology. Long-term goal is to pursue a career as a general practitioner of medicine and open a practice in rural areas.
What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today?
"The biggest problem facing youth today is the question, 'What are you going to do after high school?' There is so much pressure exerted by everyone: friends, family, the community to get into a great college and get a good career. We have to worry about how the choices today will determine what we will be doing for the rest of our lives. That is a huge weight the youths have to carry. Even once we decide, the competition between us and other peers is so intense, we tend to degrade ourselves back into our comfort zone and just take the easy way out. Along with this problem, we face several obstacles along the way that act as distractions to achieve our goals such as peer pressure, relationships, sports and social networking."
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.