Congratulations to the two outstanding recipients of this year’s NVCF Scholarship Program. The scholarships were awarded at the 69th annual NVC Installation Luncheon held on March 14, 2015 at the Rainer Golf and Country Club.
Christine Ito is the daughter of Mark and Dorothy Ito and she is a NVC Foundation member. She attends graduate school at the University of Washington pursuing a career in Education. She maintains a 3.9 GPA.
Christine served as the 54th Japanese Community Queen of Washington and Miss Tomodachi in 2013. She recently was honored with the Go For Broke Essay Recognition Award. She has also received the UW College of Education Student Leadership Award and The Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Award.
Christine has been a volunteer at Keiro, Nikkei Manor, the Museum of History and Industry, Lake Washington, Renton and Bellevue School Districts. She has participated in many NVC /NVC Foundation activities including the Memorial Day Service, the Chow Mein Dinner and the Christmas party. She also has attended the Swing and Line Dancing classes at the NVC Hall.
NVCF Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarship
Taylan Yuasa is the son of Mark Yuasa and Jeanne Chang. He is the great grandnephew of past NVC Commander, Shun Yuasa. He attends Mercer Island High School and hopes to pursue a career in Film/Media Arts at the University of Washington.
Taylan became an Eagle Scout at age 13. He has earned 46 Merit Badges and has held many leadership positions in the Boys Scouts. He took on a fundraising event for Breast Cancer Awareness, raising over $4000.
Taylan has conducted almost 300 hours of community service for his school. He is a member of the National Art Honor Society, serves as captain of the varsity wrestling team, and is a two time state medalist at the State Wrestling Championships. Taylan is also a brown belt in judo and a two-time Senior National medalist at the Senior National Championships.
Taylan has worked as a volunteer for the NVC Memorial Day Services since 2010 where he was part of the Flag Ceremony and Color Guard. He also placed flags at Washelli Cemetery, a long time NVC tradition.
Thank you to the panel of judges who helped this year. They are Diane Yoshihara Bradshaw, Wendi Coombs, Carmen Tsuboi Chan, May Sasaki, Kris Hiraoka and Louise Kashino. Thanks also to Mia Yoshihara Bradshaw who has taken over the job of updating the Scholarship poster.
Please take the time to read the excellent legacy essays our recipients have written. They will be published in the upcoming issues of the NVC newsletters.