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July 28, 2021

Where Are They Going – LHES Class of 2021

We caught up with a few members of the LHES class of 2021 before they embarked on this new chapter in their lives. Here’s what the graduates plan to do now that they’re finished with high school:

Zhenya David
Zhenya David

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a high school graduate?
I am looking forward to traveling and reuniting with distant family members I have not had time to visit due to school work and the virus outbreak at the time. I also look forward to discovering what I love to do now that I have extra free time.

What are your post-graduation plans?
My post graduate plans are on hold as I plan to do a GAP year and find work before going back to continue and further my education.

What advice would you give to the LHES class of 2022?
Don’t think you need to have your life all figured out before you graduate, take it at your pace.

George Ornellas IV
George Ornellas IV

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a high school graduate?
I look forward to meeting new people and experiencing new things, as I enter the “world” of adulthood. Being born and raised on Lanai, we live in a very special and unique community and lifestyle. When I attended school on Oahu as a Boarder, it opened my eyes to the many opportunities out there, not only as a student, but now as an adult. I hope to make my family proud, and to be a good role model for my younger siblings.

What are your post-graduation plans?
I have decided to enlist in the US Air Force, with the interest to expand a career in the Computer Engineering field. I believe that the Air Force branch will help me to grow personally and professionally, providing me with the skills necessary to meet my career goals. I want to travel the world and experience different cultures, all while I am serving my country.

What advice would you give to the LHES class of 2022?
The number one advice that I would give is to not procrastinate. Procrastination is the key reason to why most people tend to fail. Once you fall behind in anything you do, it will be exceedingly difficult to get back on track.

Kainalu Morimoto
Kainalu Morimoto

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a high school graduate?
I love Lanai and it’ll always be my home, but I’m looking forward to living someplace new. I’m excited about having new experiences and furthering myself in different aspects of my life. There’s always something new to learn or experience and I’d welcome a refreshing outlook on life. In general, Hawaii is such a diverse place with so many things to do, so I think it’d be hard for me to get bored. While I’m excited about all of these things on Oahu, I’m also looking forward to returning home to Lanai during breaks because I love how quiet and friendly it is here! I’m also looking forward to catching up on sleep since this past school year was so chaotic.

What are your post-graduation plans?
I plan to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue a degree in political science. Then I plan to attend law school to become a prosecutor. I also plan to learn how to cook because I couldn’t cook a real meal for the life of me.

What advice would you give to the LHES class of 2022?
I would usually say to study hard and to keep improving yourself in everything that you do, but I’m inclined to say cherish your fleeting time at LHES. Yes, it’s important to work hard and push yourselves in your academics, extracurricular’s and even in your hobbies. However, if my senior year taught me anything, it’s that creating memories is such a crucial part of the high school experience. Since the LHES Class of 2022 is returning to campus, please make some lifelong memories with each other. An additional piece of advice is to get enough sleep! You won’t be able to push yourself or make memories if you’re all sleep-deprived.

Trevan Ayonayon
Trevan Ayonayon

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a high school graduate?
I am most looking forward to getting a sustainable job and living a sustainable life because I don’t want to rely on my parents for the rest of my life.

What are your post-graduation plans?
Staying on Lanai to work for 2 years, then moving somewhere off-island.

What advice would you give to the LHES class of 2022?
Sleep at least 7 hours a night to think clearly the next day.

Giyana Agliam
Giyana Agliam

What are you most looking forward to now that you’re a high school graduate?
The thing I most look forward to now that I’ve graduated is life out of school, the amount of new things I’ll discover, the challenges I’ll overcome, the places I’ll go, the new people I’ll meet, and I’m gonna enjoy this new journey of mine.

What are your post-graduation plans?
My post graduation plans are to join the military, U.S. Airforce.

What advice would you give to the LHES class of 2022?
My personal advice is please enjoy your whole high school chapter as it goes by super quick. I never realized how fast it goes by until I actually went through it. Live it up to the fullest because tomorrow is never promised. No regrets and always remember we are all here for a good time, not a long time.

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