December Rotary Spotlight Shines on Centennial Students

Dec 14, 2016

The Frisco Rotary Club that meets at Toyota Stadium honored four Frisco ISD students, Monica Yokogawa, Michelle Bao, Alex Kim, and Kaci Pelias, for their academic achievements and their leadership at Centennial High School and in the community. Pelias was unable to attend.

Yokogawa is the daughter of Renilson Corrente and Rafaela Kamikoga. She is president of the Student Service Committee, and member in good standing with the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, STEM Club, and DECA.

She was selected to take part in the Youth Leadership Program at Texas A&M University.

She organizes the Angel Tree at her high school, is active in her church as a volunteer with children, and co-owns and operates a family-owned company. She plans to major in business and software engineering.

Pelias is the daughter of Troy and Jan Pelias. She is Vice President of Events of the National Honor Society, the social officer for the Gender Equality Club, serves as president of the International Thespian Society, and is very active in Theatre.

She was on the All-A honor roll in ninth and tenth grade, won the Most Valuable Player Acting Award in ITS her junior year, and took third place in the National French Exam.

She works at Lolli and Pop’s Candy Store, runs a princess party company, and has more than 100 hours of volunteering in the community logged.

She wants to study English and theatre.

Bao is the daughter of Gary and Karen Wu. She is on the Centennial Marching Band drumline and its section leader, plays in the percussion ensemble, and is active in Musicians with a Cause.

She has served as historian and vice president for National Honor Society. She is a National Merit Semifinalist, ranked 8th in the State Marching Band and 6th in the State Honor Band. She is an AP Scholar of Distinction.

She works at Justice Department Store and volunteers in the Neuro-ICE at Plano Medical Center.

She hasn’t decided on a school but plans to major in biology with a pre –med track.

Kim is the son of Woohno and Hyunju Kim. He is a National AP scholar, a National Merit Semifinalist, and placed third in Regional Math through Academic Decathlon. He has been on the Academic Decathlon for two years.

He has also been active in the Academic Decathlon, Computer Science Club, the Student Service Committee, Health Occupations Students of America, and STEM Club. He is historian for STEM Club.

He has worked at Kumon and for his parents who own a popular Donut shop. He has volunteered at Frisco Family Services and for various Frisco events such as Arts in the Square and Freedom Fest.

He plans to major in Computer Science and/or Software or Electrical Engineering.