This year we had two outstanding recipients of the Seattle Hiroshima Club Scholarship program. Both recipients come from families which have contributed a great deal to the Seattle Hiroshima Club, as well as to the larger Nikkei community. Following we have more information regarding our two deserving winners.
ALYSSE MARIKO MASTRUDE
Daughter of Jon and Patricia Hiroo Mastrude
Granddaughter of Mickey and Yoshie Hiroo
Descendant of Hiroshima immigrants Arthur Kango and Miyako Ota Hiroo, and Tatsuhei and Toyo Sugikawa
Student at University Preparatory Academy, Seattle
Since grade 9 Alysse has challenged herself academically by consistently enrolling in a minimum of five very academic classes each term, and in some semesters she had six to seven demanding classes. Most of these classes required honors level work, and yet Alysse has maintained a 3.87 cumulative grade point average.
In addition to taking a rigorous academic program Alysse has chosen to participate in a number of school-related activities including being on the junior varsity tennis team since grade 9 and National Honor Society. Active membership in school organizations, which include the Multicultural Student Alliance, Umbrella: an Affinity Group for Students of Color, and Gay-Straight Alliance, are a testament for her interest in social justice and multicultural issues. Because of the interest and leadership that Alysse has demonstrated, she has been selected for a variety of opportunities including a two-week educational and cultural exchange program to China , a two-week family stay in Costa Rica , and as a University Prep delegate to three different national conferences.
Outside of school, in addition to taking piano lessons, Alysse has spent many hours working with children at the local YMCA in a variety of capacities, including being a summer camp counselor. Other community activities include volunteering for a homeless mission, working at a local library, food bank, a political campaign for a county official, and collecting signatures on State initiatives.
At this time Alysse is undecided in the major she will pursue, but has a variety of academic interests including History, Cultural, Ethnic or Gender Study, or English Literature and Language.
LANE TOMOSUMI SHIGIHARA
Son of Mark and Gwen Sato Shigihara
Grandson of Ken and Sarah Okada Sato
Great grandson of Moritake Okada
Descendant of Hiroshima immigrant Moritaro Okada
Student at Newport High School , Bellevue
All of Lanefs letters of recommendation laud his willingness to serve others, and conscientious attitude and dedication to following through on his commitments. Each year his academic pursuits have included at least two designated Honors/Advanced Placement courses, and despite his numerous community activities he has been able to maintain a 3.76 cumulative grade point average.
Lanefs long-standing out-of-class activities include the Asian Cultural Club, of which he has been president for the past three years, and National Honor Society. Not only has he played junior varsity basketball, but he has also served on several fund-raising campaigns for various school organizations. This year he is on the schoolfs yearbook staff.
For the past several years, Lanefs major community commitments include volunteering many hours over the course of the year for a number of organizations, such as the University of Washington Nikkei Alumni Association , Nisei Veterans Committee, Japanese Community Service, Blaine Memorial Methodist Church and being a Board Member of the Northwest Asian Weekly.
As a junior he became licensed with the Washington State Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant.
His hobbies include playing the piano, rock climbing (currently a part-time instructor), and participating in any sports activity.
Upon graduation from high school Lane plans to attend the University of Washington next year, and pursue a major in pharmacy.