Alexus Paglinawan has been awarded the 2018 Rachel Leilani Gangwes Scholarship of $1,000. This scholarship was sponsored in partnership with Kealani Gangwes, in memory of her late sister, Rachel Leilani Gangwes, who was born with Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18). While most children do not live past their first birthday, Rachel persevered overwhelming odds to bless her family, friends, and community with eighteen years of love and joy. Rachel reminded everyone that every day is a gift with which you must do your best to uplift others, through words and actions.
Alexus was selected as the applicant that most embodied Mohala, which means to bloom, shine forth and develop; as Rachel inspired others to, and as our young leaders should endeavor to as they move forward in their academic journies while continuing to give back to their communities. As a 2018 graduate of Hilo High School, Alexus inspires to return home after attending college in the mainland and use her education and experiences to help decrease drug use in the local community.