Super Students

Saturday, January 30, 1999

Name: Stephanie Iwai
Age: 17
Favorite subject: Anatomy
Pastimes: Clubs, pets, shopping
Future: Medical technician

Far horizons beckon

Gloves, beanies and other such items are all folded, packed and ready for use in colder climes.

Their owner is not far behind.

High school senior Stephanie Iwai is itching to graduate and leave her Kauai home-base behind. She's headed for broader pastures at a college on the mainland, and studies in ultrasound/diagnostic medical sonograms.

"Living on Kauai all my life, I feel so deprived from the world," Iwai said. "I want to see what's out there . . . I feel like I'm missing out so much."

Iwai feels her part of the world is tiny, although she has made numerous contacts and had valuable experiences. She has become a good bowler, fattens her college nest egg by working 18 hours a week at a store, and learns much about travel from her customers.

"I'm learning to handle things," said Iwai, who said she has rare free time between work and school. She is a member of the Interact Club (a high school Rotary group) and the Health Occupations Club, and was on the Homecoming Court as one of five queens. She holds a 3.7 grade point average.

For three nights a week, she is the lone cashier/stock clerk/manager at a shirt store.

Former math teacher Wendy Ingersoll said she's not surprised that Iwai succeeds in all her endeavors. "She has always excelled in everything she did, and goes above and beyond her duties as a student and citizen," Ingersoll said.

By Kimberly K. Fu, Star-Bulletin

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