Each year, a winner is chosen based on his or her ability to demonstrate leadership, dedication and passion in five categories: scholarship, teaching, advocacy, community, and youth.
Our selection committee, headed by your elected state leaders, were so impressed by the entries that they couldn't pick just one.
The seminar's hands-on training curriculum is designed to teach participants foundational leadership skills, the logistics of running for elected office, and how to advocate for student-centered policies and social justice issues.
Our members shared their desires about improving wages, compensation, benefits, workday/week, and general working conditions.
Chiefess Kamahakelei Middle band director Sarah Tochiki was honored alongside former Kauai County mayor and councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura and Waipa Foundation Executive Director Stacy Sproat-Beck.