* Personal: Age 17; daughter of Shlaula Aficial of Lanai City; enjoys reading, golfing and working.
* At School: Student council president, golf, basketball, L Club, honor roll, merit roll, school community council, Maui District Student Council.
* Off Campus: Volunteer for UNICEF, Tri-Lanai, Lanai Festival, Lanai Community Health Fair, school beautification, Lanai Community Hospital. Retail sales associate at The Local Gentry.
Tyler Vega Pascua
* Beyond High School: Wants to attend college and acquire a bachelor's degree of science in nursing. Would like to specialize in the neonatal field.
* What would you do to improve education in Hawaii?
"Even with the common core standards within the schools among the nation, the education in Hawaii can still be improved to meet the needs of students going to college. I've experienced, when looking to apply for universities in the continental U.S., that I don't meet certain requirements because the certain classes are not offered at my school. I've also noticed since my freshman year that there were a lot of elective classes that had to be cut due to the lack of funding. I feel that it is unfair to the underclassmen coming in because they deserve to have the same great experience in high school that I had, if not more. I don't think that Lanai High is the only high school going through this issue . . . If I could improve education in Hawaii, the first thing I would do is find other ways of funding."
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.