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Rotary Club awards ‘Go for the Green’ Scholarships

By Staff | Jun 4, 2021

Manuel Kupa‘a Castro will be attending St. Martins University in Lacey, Washington and will be majoring in Engineering.

LAHAINA — The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset announces the recipients of the two “Go for the Green” $2,500 Scholarships.

These scholarships are being offered to the selected students who will be attending an accredited college and must be pursuing a field of study that will benefit the environment.

Reese Raguindin from Molokai High School and Manuel Kupa’a Castro from Lahainaluna High School are the recipients of the 2021 “Go for the Green” Scholarships.

Castro will be attending St. Martins University in Lacey, Washington and will be majoring in Engineering.

While maintaining a 3.8 grade point average, he worked 25 hours a week at Island Grocery Depot.

Castro said, “I am truly grateful for being selected as one of the recipients of the $2,500 “Go for the Green” Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

“From my freshman year in high school, it was my dream to attend a University on the Mainland, and with this scholarship, this goal is now being achieved. This award will allow me to focus not only on my educational success but also participate in club activities with Hui O’ Hawai’i Club and Engineers without Borders. My message to graduates is, ‘Never give up on what you really want. Go after it! Have the courage to follow your dreams. And remember to enjoy, grow and conquer this life; it’s all yours!’ “

Raguindin will be attending Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She will be majoring in Education.

Reese earned a 4.167 grade point average while being a leader in student government and various organizations at Molokai High.

Raguindin said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. I wish to become a public school educator so that I can help change the world one student at a time.”

After completing her degree in Education, she wants to return to Molokai, “where I can teach students to value education and develop a sense of school belonging”.

Both of these students and their families are invited to the annual “Celebrations” hybrid/in-person meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset on Tuesday evening, June 29, starting at 5:30 p.m.

At that time, the students will share a little about their college plans.

If a guest would like to join this hybrid meeting via Zoom, contact Past President Mariko Higashi at marikoinmaui@gmail.com to be included on the invite list.