12 Army dependents soar, graduate as prep valedictorians

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
At right, Moanalua High School valedictorians Madeline Snow, Bryson Chan and Jennifer Mead pose in their caps and gowns.

At right, Moanalua High School valedictorians Madeline Snow, Bryson Chan and Jennifer Mead pose in their caps and gowns.

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High school commencement exercises were held across Hawaii, recently.
On average, Army-connected students can expect to attend seven different schools within their school career.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, “The common stresses involved in relocating to a new school are the differences in achievement standards, school protocol, course offerings, extracurricular activities and academic requirements.”

Yet, 12 Army-connected students excelled through their unique challenges and graduated as co-valedictorians at their schools by achieving a 4.0 or higher grade point average for all four years of high school.

Campbell High School valedictorians Angelica Anne Wong, Shanell Folger and Brittney Ann Copp pose in caps and gowns. (At top right,) Leilehua High School valedictorian Maxwell Mulbury celebrates after graduation.

Campbell High School valedictorians Angelica Anne Wong, Shanell Folger and Brittney Ann Copp pose in caps and gowns. (At top right,) Leilehua High School valedictorian Maxwell Mulbury celebrates after graduation.

James Campbell High School
Three Army-connected valedictorians graduated: Brittney Ann Regina Copp, daughter of Lt. Col. Cynthia and Maj. Daniel Copp; Shanell Folger, daughter of retired Sgt. 1st Class Foster and Naomi Folger; and Angelicca Wong, daughter of Staff Sgt. Nelson and Grace Wong.

Brittney said, “I am attending the University of Texas at Austin, and I see myself as a trauma surgeon in my future. My parents are extremely proud and excited about my accomplishments at Campbell High School.”

George Washington University will receive Shanell, who aspires to be a pulmonologist in the near future, what she describes as “a physician who possesses specialized knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions and diseases.”

Angelicca shared, “I see myself working in the forensic field as a medical examiner. To my parents, I believe it means the world to them. … I took it upon myself to prove to them that all their teachings have paid off in the end and that I am where I am today because of their influence on me.”

Mililani valedictorian Kalyn Wadsworth is adorned with lei after graduation.

Mililani valedictorian Kalyn Wadsworth is adorned with lei after graduation.

Leilehua High School
Maxwell Mulbury was named valedictorian. He’s the son of retired Col. Douglas and Renee Mulbury.

He will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design. His goal is to work in the animation field.

Mililani valedictorian Kalyn Wadsworth is adorned with lei after graduation.

Mililani valedictorian Kalyn Wadsworth is adorned with lei after graduation.

Mililani High School
The class of 2015 commencement ceremonies soared with three Army-connected valedictorians: Kelsea and Kiana Jones and Kalyn Wadsworth.
Kiana is headed to the University of Washington, and Kelsea decided on the University of Hawaii, West Oahu. The identical twins are planning to attend the pre-med program.
“It’s been pretty tough, but I feel like we push each other to do better in school, and we’re both competitive, but in a good way,” said Kiana.
Kelsea said, “I can imagine us having a practice together. We both want to help people, and we love working with children, so we’ll be pediatricians working together one day and having our own practice.”
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, will be receiving Kalyn.
She said, “Maybe I’ll be the president or maybe I’ll be an astronaut, but for now, I’ll just be a student.”

Moanalua High School
Three distinguished valedictorians are Jennifer Mead, daughter of Col. Phillip and HwaSon Mead; Madeline Snow, daughter of Col. Michael and Kelly Snow; and Bryson Chan, son of George and Lisa Chan.

Jennifer, who was class president, said, “In Hawaii, we learn that it takes rain to make a rainbow. If that’s the case, then bring on the storm!”

Madeline will be attending Texas Christian University, where she will pursue a degree in nursing. She has gone to seven different schools since kindergarten.

Bryson selected California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where he will be studying biomedical engineering.

Radford High School valedictorians Patricia Ongcangco and Chantel Oh also earn top honors.

Radford High School valedictorians Patricia Ongcangco and Chantel Oh also earn top honors.

Radford High School
Patricia Ongcangco, daughter of Staff Sgt. Ricky and Roselle Ongcangco, and Chantel Oh, daughter of Staff Sgt. Young and Jaime Oh, were the two shining valedictorians.

Patricia replied, “I hope to see myself in the culinary industry. Maybe open up my own restaurant and be able to cook and do what I love.”
She went on to say, “Family is the most important thing to me, and I wanted to earn it for them. I want to make everyone proud.”

Chantel has decided to attend the University of Washington and major in biology.

She said, “My plan is to become a surgical oncologist. It’s a surgeon who removes and treats cancer or a cancer doctor who uses surgical methods to treat cancer.”

More Online
Kelsea and Kiana Jones were featured on the KITV News at www.kitv.com/news/mililani-graduating-class-includes-twin-valedictorians/33184298.
For more on the graduation ceremonies, call the School Liaison Office at 655-8326 or visit www.hawaiipublicschools.org/.

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