Saturday, June 7, 1997Name: Erin Kimura
School: Heeia Elementary School
Favorite subject: Math
Pastimes: Raising rabbits, playing violin
Future: Elementary school teacher
Her rabbits teach her responsibility, her violin teaches her diligence and running a school assembly teaches her the power of stage presence. But nobody has to teach Erin Kimura about leadership commitment. It comes naturally.
A 'Super Hawk' leads the way
Kimura, a sixth-
grader, is Heeia Elementary's student body president. She looks forward to her first year at King Intermediate, but reflects on her anything-but-passive life at Heeia. "I hope I've helped improve the school," she said.
After participating in a rigorous preparation, screening and interview process, Kimura was one of four sixth-graders chosen as a Castle Complex Leadership Camp counselor. Far from just toasting marshmallows around the campfire, Kimura and her peers will run leadership workshops and train some future student government leaders.
"You have to be really committed to be a counselor," said Kimura, daughter of Randall and Karen Kimura. "We have lots of meetings and there's lots of planning." Students are expected to be involved until their senior year in high school.
Heeia's "Super Hawk" award goes to outstanding students each quarter. Kimura has earned one of the coveted hawk pins each of her seven years at the school.
"Erin is a great all-around kid," said Paul Waite, her student government adviser. "She's my right hand for many of the school beautification projects, recycling projects, etc. She's a great leader."
Mary Sano, Special to the Star-Bulletin