* Personal: Daughter of Marni and Sam Aina Jr.; enjoys swimming, reading, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
* At School: National Honor Society, Yearbook Business Manager, Hana High and Elementary School Coordinator
* Off Campus: Creative Friday Youth Program volunteer
Mia Kawaipunahele Aina
* Beyond High School: Finish high school and attend a four-year university on a scholarship.
* What do you think is the biggest problem facing youth today?
"One of the biggest problems facing youth today starts with our educational system. I believe that when teachers use worksheets and textbooks in their classes without checking whether students understand the material, this can negatively affect the student's learning. I believe that students need more explanation and hands-on learning. People's minds are all different and have different ways of figuring things out. Worksheets aren't designed for everyone and can be used, but should not be the main teaching tool of the class. Teachers should try to have discussions with the students to see if they understand what they are learning. This helps to engage students and actually get things through to them."
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.