Mary Beth Laychak to be honored with ATHENA award

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Doug Simons and Mary Beth Laychak pose for a photo after an award ceremony for the Maunakea Scholars program at Waiakea High School on Tuesday.

Mary Beth Laychak, left, stands with with Laura Daclison on the Canada-France-Hawaii catwalk during a Maunakea Scholars tour of the summit for Kapolei High School earlier this month. Daclison was a Maunakea Scholar student from 2018 to 2019 and now runs the program as a teacher at Kapolei. (Courtesy photo/Mary Beth Laychak)

Mary Beth Laychak, right, poses for a photo with Camille Naki during a Maunakea Scholars award ceremony Tuesday at Waiakea High School in Hilo. After researching a topic and writing a proposal, some students in the program are awarded time at one of Hawaii's world-class telescopes. Naki was awarded time for her proposal on storms in space. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Mary Beth Laychak has empowered hundreds of Hawaii’s youth to reach for the stars through her work at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.