Hawaii’s Super Students
Saturday, December 7, 1996

Name: Gerald K. Enriques
Age: 17
School: St. Anthony High School
Favorite subject: English
Pastimes: Play music, read
Future: Physician

He loves to read ’n’ write

Gerald K. Enriques enjoys reading books, sometimes seven a week, and his teachers say he's an excellent writer.

Enriques, 17, a St. Anthony High School senior, received a scholarship earlier this year to the Maui Writers Conference at the Grand Wailea Resort for writing a science fiction short story, "Something In The Blood."

Those attending the conference included film director Ron Howard and writer Jackie Collins.

Enriques wrote the story as a 10th-grader and later refined it.

"I read the stuff he writes, and I say, 'Oh, my God, if I could have written that,'" said Patricia Roche, of the school's English department.

Enriques, the son of John and Geraldine Enriques, said he learned to read at an early age.

"My mom said I was reading the names off the side of trucks when I was 2 or 3," he said.

Enriques is also a good speller. In the eighth grade, he was Maui County spelling bee champ.

Recently, he was recognized as a National Merit Hispanic Scholarship finalist, based on his scores of 72 in verbal skills and 52 in mathematics in his Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Enriques said he enjoys working with computers and recently led a school team to develop an Internet web page for Maui. As a member of the National Honor Society, he volunteers as a tutor at St. Anthony Grade School.

Enriques said he'd like to become a physician.

"I just like helping people," he said.

By Gary T. Kubota

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