Congratulations to the six outstanding recipients of this year’s NVC Foundation Scholarship Program. The scholarships were awarded at the 74th annual NVC/NVCF Installation Luncheon held on March 16, 2019 at the Rainer Golf and Country Club.
Erin Kato is the daughter of Shelley and Eugene Kato. Erin is the granddaughter of NVC member Akira (Poison) Kato. She attends Bellevue High School and carries a GPA of 3.96. Erin has devoted most of her extracurricular time to helping others. She was the President of the Homeless Club where she helped raise over $15,000 for a local youth homeless shelter, Co-founder of Bellevue High School’s Annual Spring Clothing Drive, and has been active in the Special Olympics. In addition, she spends time volunteering to tutor Japanese students. She is familiar to many of us at the NVC/NVCF functions since she has helped with the Chow Mein Dinner bakery sales, has volunteered making apple pies, and has been a frequent volunteer at the monthly Senior Luncheons.
Erin has received many honors. She has been recognized with the Wolverine Guard Award for 100+ community service hours, the Superintendent’s Choice Award 2018 for the district art show, and the AP Scholar with Honor Award. She earned her black belt in Karate in 2016 and went on to win 2nd place in the 2017 Hayashi-Ha World Cup-Karate in Spain and 3rd place in the U.S. Open-Karate in 2018. Erin plans to study Biostatistics at the University of Washington or UCLA.
NVCF Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarship
Drew Deguchi is the daughter of Bernadette and Jay Deguchi and the granddaughter of Jean and NVC member Tom Deguchi. She attends Mercer Island High School and maintains a 3.8.6 GPA
Drew is a member of both the Mercer Island Girl’s Tennis Club and Amnesty International Club. She is a member of the Honor Society and is active in the DECA club competing in Entrepreneurship, where she was a state finalist.
Drew has spent many hours volunteering with a number of organizations. She works for Stolen Youth, Mary’s Place, Hope Place, Safe Rides, Food Lifeline and Keiro Northwest. She has volunteered with the NVC Golf Tournament. Drew hopes to attend Santa Clara University or the University of Washington majoring in Business.
Mark Yamane is the son of Daisy and Craig Yamane and the grandson of Charlotte and NVC member George Yamane. He attended Shorewood High School and is in his first year at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he maintains a 4.0 GPA. He is studying Marine Science (Biology) and Computer Science.
Mark has held many leadership positions during his time with the Boy Scouts. He was awarded his Eagle Scout in 2017 and was a National Eagle Scout Association Finalist in 2019. He served as a Senior Patrol Leader and has mentored new scouts and worked with young Cub Scouts. Mark also served as a Head Scout creating scouting sheets based off Robotics competition objectives which organized data collection for over 200 robots.
Mark was on his high school wrestling team, high school band and was on the ORCA National Ocean Sciences Bowl serving as Captain. He earned his Wrestling Varsity Letter Awards for 2016-2018.
Mark has volunteered as a Youth Ocean Advocate at the Seattle Aquarium throughout his high school years. He has helped at the NVC Chow Mein Dinners and the annual Christmas parties especially when his dad was Santa. Currently he works as a STEM tutor in St. Petersburg, Florida for economically disadvantaged students. He also is working as a Microplastics Research Intern at Eckerd College.
Ren Watanabe is the daughter of Carol Anne Yamamoto and Dale Watanabe. She is the granddaughter of Matsue and NVC member Sam Watanabe. Ren attends Bellevue International School and maintains a 3.86 GPA. Ren has been very active in her school. She has served as the team captain for her softball varsity team and has played 3 years on the all-conference team. She is the yearbook editor, Secretary of the National Art Honor Society, and President of the National Science Honor Society. She is also a member of the National Honor Society for Math and Tech.
Ren has been an NVC/NVCF volunteer since she was a child. She has helped at the Christmas parties, the NVC bake sale, the Luau, the Memorial Day services, and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force and US Army luncheons. She also finds time to volunteer for JASSW and for a Feeding the Homeless program at her school. Ren plans to attend Santa Clara University or Cal Poly majoring in biology or mathematics.
Alexa Yamane is the daughter of Daisy and Craig Yamane and the granddaughter of Charlotte and NVC Member George Yamane. Alexa attends Shorewood High School and has a 3.83 GPA. Alexa has been a member of the competitive dance team for her school. She served as the Lieutenant, then the Captain of the team, and also was awarded the Most Inspirational over her three-year involvement. She participated in Track and Field as a pole vaulter placing 1st or 2nd for many of the meets. In addition, she was the Boys’ Basketball Team Manager this past year.
Alexa has helped at many of the NVC Children’s Christmas parties. She also has sold raffle tickets at the Chow Mein Dinners. She has volunteered in various scouting community activities over her 10 years as a Girl Scout. She also was a member of Youth Group Leadership volunteering in many inner-city organizations. Alexa has applied to the University of Washington and Biola University where she plans to study Human Biology.
Jeremy Miyake is the son of Brenda and Bruce Miyake and the grandson of NVC Member George Hampton Miyake. Jeremy attends Ballard High School and has a 3.8 GPA. Jeremy has earned numerous honors in Wrestling. He has lettered all three years of high school and is the Captain of the team. He was awarded honorable mention by the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State. He also has lettered in Track and Field participating in the relay team, 100, 200, hurdles, triple jump, and long jump. Cross Country has been another sport he has lettered in for the past three years. Jeremy is also in the Ballard Concert Choir.
Jeremy is the Co-Founder of OJB T-shirt Design, a venture that focuses on spreading positive messages about happiness and life. He is the designer, production manager, marketer, and pitch-man. He has volunteered as a Vacation Bible School Counselor for the last six years and volunteered as a Camp Counselor for the junior High Camp for his church. He also has found time to work as an intern for Densho. His responsibilities include scanning and archiving historical documents, publications, and photos. He works with development teams to discuss intergenerational outreach and legacy building. Jeremy plans to major in Kinesiology or Physical Therapy at Santa Clara University or Cal Poly University.