Announcements: June 1, 2021

  • Bell

  • Blaber

  • Rode

  • Gaspar

Rosenberg scholarship awardees announced

Kealakehe High School Community Council Sarah Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship awardees were recently announced.

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The council established the four scholarships that honor graduating Waveriders who truly represent the school’s vision and mission in 2000-01. These young adults are honored as the Most Outstanding and Most Charitable students in their class. Since Kealakehe’s first graduation in 2001, there have been 96 awardees who have earned a total of $178,500 to support their post-secondary educational plans.

In 2005, the scholarships were renamed to honor Sarah Rosenberg, a talented, driven and compassionate student-athlete who attended Kealakehe High from 2001 to 2004. During Christmas break of 2004, Sarah was killed in a car crash. Over the course of her high school career Sarah came to embody the highest qualities of a Kealakehe Waverider. These scholarships came to bear her name as a means of capturing her spirit and to serve as an inspiration for future Waveriders. After Sarah’s death, a fund was established through the Hawaii Community Foundation so that the scholarships would be perpetual.

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The 2020-21 awardees for “Most Outstanding Waverider” were Riley Blaber who took first place and a $3,000 scholarship and second-place winner Alexander Bell, who earned $2,500. First place for “Most Charitable Waverider” and a $3,000 scholarship went Kiane Rode while Kayli Gaspar took second and $2,500. The four were recognized while Blaber and Rode shared speeches with the class of 2021 during the school’s commencement held Saturday.

Each of the winners is planning to attend a four-year university in the fall. Blaber will attend Cornell University and plans to major in government and minor in education. Bell will attend Harvard College/University and plans to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Rode will attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo and plans to major in psychology and minor in sociology with a specialization in teen mental health. Gaspar is attending Chapman University and plans to major in environmental science and policy with a minor in law and justice.

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