Super Students

Saturday, August 8, 1997

Name: Lindsay Ward
Age: 16
School: Pearl City High School
Favorite subject: Science, history
Future: Occupational therapist

The rewards of working hard

While many of her counterparts are at the beach, she spends hot summer days in a classroom, volunteering her time for special-education students. Warm August nights might find her writing funding requests for a youth conference she'd like to attend, while her friends crunch kaki mochi and popcorn at the movies.

Lindsay Ward, who will be a junior at Pearl City High School this fall, is familiar with sacrifice and hard work. And she loves it.

"My mom's a teacher and I'm enjoying helping her," Ward said about her work with special-education students. She cited the students' personal triumphs as inspiration. "There's this one boy who could only write a few letters of his name at first. We finally got him to write his whole name."

Earlier this summer, Ward received an invitation to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., this October. The one-week conference allows students to learn about the government.

Students must raise tuition and traveling costs -- no easy task for Ward and her mother, Patricia Tsumura-Ward. "Lindsay is a strong individual," said Tsumura-Ward. "Since we have a single-parent family, she focuses hard on her studies because she knows there are financial limits." The total cost for Ward's trip will be about $1,700.

"I hope I can go," Ward said. "I want to meet new people and find out how our government works."

Mary Sano, Special to the Star-Bulletin

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