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Waimea High School’s Glydelle Valmoja crowned Miss Kaua‘i Veteran

LIHU‘E — When Waimea High School senior Glydelle Valmoja was installed as the new Miss Kaua‘i Veteran Wednesday, the event at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center represented more than the crowning of a new local celebrity.

“May is going to be a busy month for you,” said Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, the commander of the Kaua‘i Veterans Council. “We have at least three big events, including the dedication of the Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetary renovations, and we’re planning on having the annual Memorial Day program honoring all veterans.”

The Kaua‘i Veterans Council sponsors the queen that represents all veterans at significant veteran commemorations. In light of the reducing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, and the loosening of pandemic restrictions, the resumption of these veteran events signals a return to more activities.

Valmoja, who was installed as the new Miss Kaua‘i Veteran during the Wednesday meeting of the Kaua‘i Veterans Council, said she is the battalion leader for the Waimea High School JROTC program that is recovering from a series of events, including the pandemic that impacted the program.

However, Valmoja said they just recently celebrated the success of the Military Ball.

“We’re also planning graduation to be like how it was last year,” Valmoja, who is also the student council president, said. “That means we’ll be on the front lawn of the school, but with reduced attendance of guests. And yes, we’re having a prom in May, too.”

Glydelle, the daughter of Elpidio and Elvira Valmoja of Kaumakani, is also a member of the Waimea High School National Honor Society.

“I was blown away,” said Capt. Rod Green, a member of the selection committee. “During the interviews, Glydelle demonstrated her grasp of what was being asked by going back to previous questions and answers. There were no cookie-cutter responses. I am proud she earned this title, and I can see great things ahead.”

Following her commencement from Waimea High School, Valmoja said she plans on attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to study nursing.

This suits well with the $500 scholarship presented by the Kaua‘i Veterans Council in addition to her badges of office.
Source: The Garden Island

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