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

Date: August 20, 2024

Location: Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu, HI

$TBA for Finals on Sunday, August 20, 2023 @ 1pm

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)

Physics 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

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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Monica Abraham
University PreferenceIowa State University
Career GoalPhysical Therapist
TalentSpoken Word
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Kylee Amoroso-Kawamoto
University PreferenceUniversity of Pennsylvania / University of Oregon
Career GoalChild And Adolescent Psychiatry
TalentContemporary Dance
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Reagan Beissel
University PreferenceVanderbilt University
Career GoalBiomedical Researcher
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Esther Chan
University PreferenceHarvard University, Stanford University
Career GoalStem Entrepreneur
TalentSpoken Word
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Alana Clayson
University PreferenceBoston University, New York University
Career GoalActing, Musical Theatre
TalentTheatre Vocal
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Madison Iwashita
University PreferenceGeorgetown University
Career GoalU.S. Diplomat In East Asia
TalentContemporary Dance
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Jaela Kepaa-Nieto
CityEwa Beach
University PreferenceUniversity of Hawaii / University of California Northridge
Career GoalProject Manager
TalentHip Hop Performance
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Miya Matsumoto
University PreferenceUniversity of California, Irvine
Career GoalAnesthesiologist
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Alana Jeanne Mendoza
University PreferenceChaminade OR University of California, Irvine
Career GoalClinical Psychologist
TalentTahitian Dancing
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Clarisa Ruiter
University PreferenceUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Career GoalComputer Game Designer
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Kim Ashley Sunio
University PreferenceStanford University
Career GoalTech Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Computer Scientist
TalentFingerstyle Guitar
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Michelle Wong
University Preference Hawaii Pacific University
Career GoalAnimator
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Rhiannon Wong
University PreferenceOccidental College
Career GoalPhysician
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