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Construction students share $9,000 in scholarships

LIHUE — A total of $9,000 in scholarships was distributed Thursday evening during the Contractors Association of Kauai general membership meeting that was held at the Kauai Marriott Resort &Beach Club.

Seven students, either in college currently or just graduated from high school, all studying a construction-related field, shared in the scholarships that were funded in part from the CAK Golf Tournament that comes up on Aug. 3 at Puakea Golf Course.

Zachary Safford, son of Laura and Timothy Goodrich Maier, will be a sophomore civil engineering major at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves on the Air Force ROTC program as a cadet. Safford was presented a $1,000 award from Hawaii Gas.

Another civil engineering student, Rilen Loo, earned a $1,000 scholarship from CAK. The son of Donna and Dr. Jere Loo of Lihue, Rilen is a sophomore at the Seattle University on the path for a degree in civil engineering.

Riley Saiki, the son of Ryan Saiki of Eleele, could not attend the presentations because of a summer internship with the Port of Portand at Portland International Airport as an energy management intern. He was warded a $1,500 Guy Matsunaga Memorial Scholarship that was accepted by his grandparents.

Another college sophomore, Jordyn Kahananui, the daughter of Madeline and Jordan Kahananui, was presented with a $1,000 scholarship.

Corey Agena will be a college sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The son of Ginny and Blaine Agena, he went home with a $1,000 scholarship.

Brandi Baligad, graduating from Kapaa High School earlier this year, was the recipient of a $2,000 Kenneth Shioi Memorial Scholarship that will help her when she attends the University of Hawaii at Manoa with an eye toward a degree in architecture. She is the daughter of Pamela and Brian Baligad of Kapaa.

Kaitlin Sandal of Kekaha walked with the Waimea High School Class of 2019 in May. The daughter of Clarissa and John Sandal, her plans call for attending Central Washington University with a goal of majoring in construction management.

Matt Freeman, the director of information technology for Hawaiian Telcom, was the featured speaker at the meeting, addressing the issue of cyber security and what businesses can do to prepare against security breaches by offering proactive prevention mitigation procedures and suggestions.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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