Xrystina Bicoy, the recently graduated Molokai High School senior, was among 21 students honored on June 14 at the the 2014 HMSA Kaimana Awards and Scholarship Program luncheon.
School principals, athletic directors, students and family members came from across the state to the Hawaii Convention Center to honor Hawaii’s top high schools and the finest scholar athletes.
“The students and the schools we’re honoring today understand the value of giving back to our communities,” said Elisa Yadao, HMSA’s senior vice president of Consumer Experience. “In addition to the countless hours they worked to excel academically and athletically, they all made time to make a difference and give back. These are young people making positive change in the world and we want to do whatever we can to help them because that’s the best way to create healthy, vibrant communities.”
The Kaimana program, which started in August 2005, recognizes all-around accomplishments by high schools and rewards individual student athletes with scholarships. It’s sponsored by HMSA and administered by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.
At the June 14 awards ceremony, 21 students received scholarships worth $3,000. Five of those students were named distinguished scholars and received an additional $2,000 each.
Thirty high schools were recognized for achieving the highest program scores in their league and division in athletics, academics, sportsmanship, and community service. The 10 highest-scoring schools received a check for $1,500.
Bicoy received the Distinguished Scholarship Award and was also one of three Maui Interscholastic League Scholarship recipients along with Trent Hori of Maui High School and Alexandra Pardico, Maui High School.
KGMB Sunrise News Anchor Steve Uyehara and Pali Momi Director of Philanthropy Liz Chun emceed the awards luncheon.
Guest presenters included KITV4 sports anchor and UH Rainbow Warrior football play-by-play announcer Robert Kekaula; news anchor Ron Mizutani of KHON2’s Wake Up 2Day; Honolulu Star-Advertiser columnist Dave Reardon; Dana Takahara-Dias, vice principal of Stevenson Middle School; and Dave Vinton, director of sports programming for OC-16.