Six more student-athletes sign letters of intent


Photo by Maile Sur

Six students from KSM signed Letters of Intent today, February 11, 2014, at the Charles Reed Bishop Learning Center.

Six KS Maui seniors signed their college letters of intent at the Charles Reed Bishop Learning Center this morning, February 11.

Among those seniors were Chandler Alo, Lily Higashino, Siaosi Ngalu, Kauanoeahii Vanderpoel, Kaiulani Vila and Kaiuwailani “Emma” Yen. Family members, friends and coaches attended the signing to watch and take pictures.

“My plan for all of our student athletes is to get them to their destination,” said Ms. Michelle Arnold, athletic academic counselor. “Seeing them sign today is fantastic.”

At the beginning of the event, Ms. Arnold said a few opening words and allowed the students to say something as well.

“It means a lot to all of us,” Alo said. “Most of us wouldn’t be here without her [Ms. Arnold’s] help.”

Chandler Alo was accompanied by his parents while signing to Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, for men’s soccer.

Lily Higashino signed to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, for women’s soccer. For Lily, this will be the second time she will get to play soccer alongside her sister, Elizabeth Higashino (’11), who signed when she was a senior at Kamehameha Maui. Elizabeth will be a senior at the University of the Pacific in the fall.

“It’s spectacular! I’m very excited for them. It’s a great opportunity, the coach is wonderful and the facilities are awesome,” said Mrs. Carolee Higashino, Lily’s mother.

Signing to Brevard College in North Carolina was Siaosi Ngalu. Ngalu will be playing football.

Kauanoeahii Vanderpoel signed to St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, for Track and Field. He was accompanied by his mother, Ms. Brooke Nacua.

Kaiulani Vila will be attending Alvin College in Texas for softball, and Emma Yen will be going to Chandler-Gilbert College in Arizona for women’s volleyball.

“I’m very excited to play at the next level. I’m glad I have Lanakila Volleyball as my foundation and my support system,” Yen said.

Her coaches from Lanakila Volleyball were also at the signing.

With these six, there are a total of seven students who have signed letters of intent for the 2014-2015 school year. Madison Vaught signed to the University of Buffalo in softball in November, and in April, there will be another group of students signing as well.