NVC Newsletter

Scholarship Recipients Recognized at the NVC/NVCF Installation Luncheon

by Debbie Kashino
March 2017, Volume 67, Issue 3

Congratulations to the four outstanding recipients of this year’s NVC Foundation Scholarship Program.  The scholarships were awarded at the 72nd annual NVC/NVCF Installation Luncheon held on March 18, 2017 at the Rainier Golf and Country Club.

NVC/WAC Scholarship

Kate Guion is the daughter of Roxanne and Eric Guion.  Kate is the granddaughter of Ted Yasuda.  She attends Holy Names.  Her GPA is 4.0 unweighted and 4.143 weighted.

Ballet consumes much of Kate’s time.  She has been with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School since 2003.  During that time, she has danced in several performances including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.  She also plays the flute in the school orchestra and has served as an Ambassador Officer since 2015.  She is involved with the Photography Club, is a Peer Tutor and is a member of the Honor Society.  Kate has participated in volunteer work at the Ballard Food Bank, Blaine Memorial Methodist Church and the Girl Scouts of America. Kate hopes to attend U.C.L.A. or the U. W. majoring in Biology or Pre-Medicine.

NVCF Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarship

Emi Nakashima is the daughter of Dana and Craig Nakashima and the grandchild of Grace and Satoru Ichikawa.  She attends Meadowdale High School and maintains a 3.9 GPA.

Emi is the treasurer for the Asian Student Union.  She is also serves as the Secretary for the Key Club.  She is involved in band as a percussionist, is in the Jazz Band and has played in the orchestra for the school musicals.  She is active in Camp Fires and the Buddhist Church.  She is now certified as a Youth Minister’s Assistant.  She has also been a member of Honor Society for the last three years. Emi hopes to attend the University of Washington, or Western Washington University majoring in Biochemistry.

 Aaron Ramos is the son of Andrea Mano and the grandson of Irene and George Mano.  He attends Edmonds Woodway High School maintaining a 3.97 GPA. He enjoys computer science and engineering.

Aaron has played on the high school baseball team since 9th grade.  He is also involved in the school orchestra and is the principal Viola.  He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 252 and serves as the Venture Crew President.  Through scouts he has had many volunteer experiences.  He is a member of the National Honor Society. Aaron hopes to attend UCLA or the UW and plans to major in engineering.

Danielle Hirano is the daughter of the late Stephene Nakao.  She has been raised by her guardians, Aunt Geri Lynne and Greg Egeler.   Danielle is in her second year at Whitman College and maintains a 3.470 GPA.

Danielle is interested in many things: politics, rhetoric, music art history and social justice.  Her major is Politics and her minor is Rhetoric.  She serves as the President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action and is a member of Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment.  She participates in the Whitman College Jazz Choir.

Danielle participated in the August 2016 Speaker Series event about Kay Hirai’s Memoir, Keiko’s Journey.  She performed a dramatic reading of the book.  She also worked in the bakery for the annual Chow Mein Dinner.  She volunteers with the Black Lives Matter and the Food Not Bombs groups with the Seattle Chapters.  Last summer she worked for a company called Grassroots Campaigns Incorporated where she gathered donations for non-profits such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center and Amnesty International.

Thank you to the panel of judges who helped this year.  They are Diane Yoshihara Bradshaw, Kris Hiraoka. Carmen Chan, Wendi Coombs and Louise Kashino.  Please take the time to read the excellent legacy essays in the upcoming issues of the NVC newsletters.