Super Students

Saturday, March 15, 1997

Name: Janelle Ishida
Age: 16
School: Molokai High School
Favorite subject: English
Pastimes: Reading, golf
Future: Physician

Country work ethic pays off

Janelle Ishida attributes her success as a student to good work ethics developed while helping at the family farm on Molokai.

"We used to wake up really early to pick tuberoses, sometimes at 5 a.m.," she said.

Ishida, 16, was selected recently as student representative to the Board of Education. She will assume the office in July.

Ishida, daughter of Seizen and Lyn Bonk, believes there is a lack of support and programs for intermediate school students; perhaps more career planning is needed to prepare them for high school. She said schools should encourage additional work study programs to give students practical knowledge before entering the job market and also more afterschool extra curricular activities.

"School isn't just about going to classes," she said. "I think it's important to have a well-rounded approach to learning."

Ishida has a 4.1 grade point average and is taking an advanced placement English class.

She participated last summer in a National Science Foundation program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where she tested bacteria as a biological control agent against anthurium blight.

In school, she runs cross-country and has represented Molokai High at the state golf tournament. She also has been recognized by the school as the most inspirational female athlete.

Ishida hopes one day to work as a physician in a rural area. She likes the idea of making house calls.

Gary Kubota, Star-Bulletin

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