This year we have two well-deserving and highly qualified recipients of the Seattle Hiroshima Club Scholarship, both of whom were presented to the membership at the annual New Years luncheon held on January 16, 2010.
The first to be introduced was Eric Kirby Ingram, a student at Mercer Island High School. He is the son of Walter and Elaine Ingram, grandson of our board member, Elsie Taniguchi, and a descendant of Hiroshima immigrant, Yonezo Taniguchi.
Despite Kirbys avid participation in athletics and a strong academic schedule, he has been able to maintain a 3.95 cumulative grade point average. Last year as a junior he was enrolled in five honors or Advanced placement courses, and this year he has a similar academic challenge. He has been a member of the schools National Honor Society. For the past two years Kirby was selected and has been a student advisor for the schools Bridges program, and in that capacity he leads a group of twenty students in weekly discussions and activities.
Kirby has been a member of two varsity teams, golf and baseball, both of which demand a great deal of time and energy to play and excel at the varsity level. As a junior he was selected as the captain of the varsity golf team, and in 2009 played on the championship team for the Kingco League. Out of school Kirby has played competitive baseball, and in 2008 was selected as the MVP during the Disneyworld Tournament. Also during the past summer he competed in summer golf tournaments organized by the Washington Junior Golf Association.
For the past couple of years Kirby has been a Little League volunteer through the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, helping youngsters in winter baseball workouts. Also, Kirby has worked with children of all ages through his other volunteer commitments including being a tutor through the Atlantic Street Center, a Skyhawk coach, and a VOICE volunteer.
Kirby has applied to a number of universities, and his proposed major includes studies in Business/Finance and Accounting.
The second recipient is Tommy Kawamura, a senior at Lindbergh High School. His parents are Todd and Linda Kawamura; grandmother is Sanaye Toyoji Kawamura, a long-time member of the club, and he is the great-grandson of Hiroshima immigrant Harue Toyoji. Tommys father,Todd, was an award winner of this scholarship in 1979!
Tommy is an outstanding baseball player, and as committed as he has been to the sport, Tommy has maintained a 3.85 cumulative grade point average. He has played
varsity baseball since grade nine, and for the past three years he has been on the schools Baseball All Academic Team. In addition, he was honored, as a sophomore, as the All-League Second Team second baseman, and the teams most improved player. As a junior he was selected as an Honorable Mention recipient in the shortstop position. He has also been chosen to be a member of the schools National Honor Society.
During the summer Tommy plays on a baseball team. He also has volunteered as a participant on the Renton Youth Council and other community organizations.
Tommys plans include attending either the University of Washington or Whitworth University, with a proposed major in Business Administration, and eventually looking at the possibility of working in the sports management field.
Our congratulations to both of these outstanding young men for a job well done, and we wish them the best as they continue their educational and life pursuits.