Distinguished Young Women OF Hawaii

is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Earn scholarships for higher education, personally develop through the DYW Life Skills Workshops, and make new friends from around the state.

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Erika Kwee
Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii for 2023
State Program Information

Class of 2024 Program

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Life-Changing Experience

College scholarships are awarded at the state level and millions in college-granted scholarships are available nationally. The state representative will advance to the national program for the opportunity to compete for cash tuition scholarships. To participate, you must be in your junior of high school. Participants are evaluated in the areas of: scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression, and fitness.

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2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii

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Erika Kwee
University PreferenceMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Career GoalMechanical Engineer

2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Hawaii

Photo of Erika Kwee
Erika Kwee

University Preference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Career Goal
Mechanical Engineer

American Red Cross Lifeguard CertificationExcellence Award in AP Physics 1&2 (2022) HMTA Violin Competition Level lV, 1st Place HMTA Violin Competition Young Artist Level, 1st Place National Honor Society Punahou Music School Honors Recognition (2020, 2021, 2022) Punahou Varsity Math Team 2nd Place in Oahu Mathematics League (2022) Ranked 5th in 2022 Hawaii Debate Tournament Recognition Award in AP U.S. History (2022) Recognition Awards in Math (2020, 2021, 2022)

AP Physics 1 Teaching AssistantConcertmaster of Hawaii Youth Symphony 1Concertmaster of Punahou Symphony OrchestraJapanese Immersion Teaching AssistantLincoln-Douglas Debate CaptainOcean Lifeguard - Assist in ocean recreation programsPeer Tutor in math, science, EnglishPunahou Chamber MusicPunahou Math TeamPunahou Music Club - performed in nursing home recitals

Hospital Volunteer in COVID-19 Testing Center (20 hrs)Japanese Immersion Teaching Assistant for elementary students (12 hrs)Ocean Lifeguard (130 hrs) Instructed ocean activities for elementary summer funPeer Learning Center Tutor (50 hrs) tutored in math, physics, chemistry, EnglishPunahou Carnival Haku Lei Booth Co-Chair (30 hrs)

2024 State Participants

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