Yukimura and Domingsel get the first scholarships from the church
LIHU’E – Audrey Yukimura said on Sunday that she was grateful to her grandmother Jennie Yukimura for bringing her to the church where she discovered God.
Audrey, daughter of David Yukimura and Emily Thomas and granddaughter of Jennie and the late Jiro Yukimura, was one of six high school graduates honored at the Happy Graduation service. She, along with Jaden Domingsel, received the very first LCC scholarship of $ 1,000, presented by Harold Tavares, church moderator and responsible for establishing the scholarship program.
After graduating from Kaua’i High, Audrey plans to complete her associate’s degree at Kaua’i Community College before transferring to an East Coast college to pursue a business degree with a focus on psychology.
Domingsel, son of Ryan and Annabel Domingsel and grandson of Alfred and Gale Domingsel, plans to pursue studies in radiology technology and hopefully play baseball, before returning to work at home.
Audrey and Jaden were two of six graduates – four from Kaua’i High and two from Kapa’a High – who were honored and congratulated by the church.
âToday we present to you a keychain that will hold the keys to your life and a camera to guide your steps,â said Joni Fujimura. “Like a camera, focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, take another shot.”
The other graduates celebrated were Lilli Morita of Kaua’i High and Mason Martinez, a member of Scouts of America Troop 148 sponsored by LCC.
Michael Perry and Kamalei Berg of Troop 148 graduated from Kapa’a High.
Two university graduates also received accolades: Ryan Valenciano, who received his doctorate in physiotherapy from Regis University in Denver, and Dr. Taryn Miyake, who received his doctorate in internal medicine from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. from the University of Hawaii. âI in Manoa.
âThe 2021 class is indeed a special group of graduates because they have had to endure the challenges of a pandemic for over a year,â Fujimura said. âThey’ve proven to be resilient, flexible, resourceful, and focused – traits that will serve them well when they step out into the world.â
Dennis fujimoto, writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or [email protected]