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2016 Scholarship Recipients    

High School Graduates
 
LeiIsa Lika Palepa Case

Miss PIFA 2016

Leiisa Case graduated from James Madison High School.  She represents the indigenous Pacific Islands of Samoa, Guam, and Tokelau.  She is also a proud Filipino.  She is the daughter of Johnny and Angel Case and is strongly involved in her family's LEIISA Polynesian Dance Group.  She will be attending Mesa College in the fall and is looking forward to a future career in nursing.   Leiisa's philosophy in life is, "Life is a novel and you're the author.  Write something amazing." Leiisa is the current Miss PIFA 2016.
Serena Sablan

JTF Scholarship Recipient

Serena Sablan graduated from Eastlake High School and is of Chamorro and Filipino descent.  In high school, she served as the Commissioner of Community Service.  She organized Cycle Eastlake, an annual bike and running marathon, to raise money for the Eastlake Educational Foundation.  She also organized several fundraisers at Eastlake, including Pasta 4 Pennies and canned food drives. She also tutored elementary school students.  She has volunteered at PIFA and Heiva San Diego.  She is the first president of "Ke Aloha Polynesia" a school Polynesian dance club, and has performed hip hop with NiDC and ILL Habits.   Serena will enter San Diego State University majoring in nursing.  She plans to get her Doctorate degree.               

Maeaeafa Alailima

Maeaeafa Alailima is of Samoan descent and a graduate of Helix High School.  He played on the defensive line for the football team.  He was also involved with several clubs including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Polynesian Club.  He was also a participant of Gridiron Ministries which also involved teaching youth the basics of football and the importance of hard work.  He will be attending Azusa Pacific University playing football.  He will be majoring in Sports Medicine/Kinesiology.  He is passionate about helping Pacific Islander kids who don't have the money or resources and push them beyond their limits so they can pursue their goals and go to college.
 

Alana Godoy

Alana Godoy takes pride in her Hawaiian heritage and is a graduate of Steele Canyon High School.  She participated in varsity wrestling, Cougar Crew, and Airbands.  She is the founder and captain of Chocolate Addiction where they have performed at district events.  She is a volunteer with the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club.  Serena was inspired to visit Tepoztlan, Mexico where she was able to witness the living conditions there.  She returned home and organized a clothing drive at her school to send donations to Mexico.  Alana has danced with Kaliloa O' Kaleo Onalani over the years. and performed at PIFA as well as Merced and San Jose.  She plans to attend SDSU and major in Business Management as a step in her dream of opening her own Polynesian Dance studio one day.

 

Kiana Malabanan

Kiana Malabanan graduated from Chula Vista High School.  She is of Hawaiian descent.    She participated in many clubs and activities in high school including the Uprising Club, National Honor Society, ASB, Danceforce, and CVTV.  She also was the varsity cheer team captain.  She plans to attend a four-year university and currently has interest in the medical field as well as communications and finance.  

Kailea Fatilua

Kailea Fatilua graduated from James Madison High School.  She is of Samoan and Chamorro descent.  She was involved in many school activities and clubs such as ASB, Link Crew, Track Manager, Cheer, and Volleyball.  Her passion for Polynesian dance is strong as she is a dancer with Leiisa Polynesian Dance Group.  She has been dancing since she was three years old, and it helps her share her culture with others.  She has danced on the PIFA stage for the last thirteen years.  Her plan is to attend a four-year university and major in sociology.

Camryn Hara

Camryn Hara is of Chamorro and Filipino descent.  She graduated from Mar Vista High School.  She played varsity basketball and was team captain for two years.  She was also Yearbook editor for two years and that experience taught her the importance of working on a team and delegating responsibility.   She has spent many hours as a volunteer for the City of San Diego, as well as being a stage manager for the school drama department.  She plans to attend a California State University and become a registered nurse.

Alosina-Marie Morse

Alosina-Marie Morse is of Samoan descent and a graduate of Steele Canyon High School.  She was the co-founder and vice-president of "Grant a Wish" club.  She helped to start a youth group at her local parish in Alpine, Queen of Angels.  She also participates in the choir at St. Rita’s, and helps at the St. Vincent De Paul center.  Alosina will attend Grand Canyon University in the fall majoring in business marketing and entrepreneurship.  She feels her Samoan culture helped to shape her to whom she is today and will be her guiding light in the future.        

Undergraduates
Cheyenne Mualeoa Solia

Miss PIFA Princess 2016


Cheyenne Solia is a full time freshman at Southwestern College.  She represents the indigenous Pacific Island of Samoa.  She is the daughter of Mike and Kiki Solia and proudly serves as a Samoan youth leader in the community.  Cheyenne is continuing her general education requirements and is looking forward to a future career in nursing. Cheyenne's philosophy in life is, "Spread love and the world will be a better place."   Cheyenne is the current Miss PIFA Princess 2016.
 

Jianna Mique

Jianna Mique is of Hawaiian and Samoan descent.  She is a cadet at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico.  She is currently ranked as a private First Class, and is an Echo Troop College Platoon Squad Leader. She has aspirations of becoming a commissioned officer in the United States Navy after graduation and studying Marine Engineering and Systems management.  Currently she is a member of the Scuba Club and the Pacific Islander Club.  For the past three years Jianna has volunteered with the Mauli Ola Foundation, a non-profit in which professional surfers take children with Cystic Fibosis durfing.  She has volunteered at the Tahiti Cultural booth at PIFA.

Tianalei Siufanua

Tianalei Siufanua represents her Samoan heritage. She is currently attending  Brigham Young University studying Public Relations. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is involved in various service projects and community development.  Tianalei represents her culture by excelling in academics and community activities as part of the Multicultural Student Program.  She recently completed a study abroad in New Zealand through the BYU communications program. She assisted in producing content for a blog called Fight for the Few. This trip has shown her how important it is to know where you are from because that's what connects us to our roots.  She is determined to be that reconnecting voice to help her culture thrive.
 

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