Hawaii Preparatory Academy seniors Bhillie Luciani and Catherine “Cat” Bradley are the recipients of the Hiatt College Scholarships for Community Service and Creativity and Initiative.
HPA parents Jerry and Mahilani Hiatt were on hand for the presentation at the Upper School assembly on Monday, Nov. 12. Luciani received the Community Service Award and a $1,000 scholarship for her concern and care for others.
As a master at efficiency, Luciani has managed to be an exceptional student and athlete and still find time to devote more than 100 hours to teaching and coaching young children to swim. From academics to varsity sports, to student council, to student ambassador, Luciani has done it all with joyfulness, curiosity, and determination.
In her freshman year, Luciani organized a schoolwide collection of care packages for 36 local soldiers overseas. She also has served on the student council as a representative and secretary, organizing Fall Ball and prom events.
As a founding member of the Service Learning Advisory Council (SLAC), she has led the charge to eliminate plastic bottles from campus and has encouraged everyone to be good stewards of our environment. Luciani is the daughter of William Luciani of Waimea and Janet Nowak of South Dakota.
Bradley received the Academic Creativity and Initiative Award and a $1,000 scholarship for her research work in the school’s Energy Lab, which has been compared to graduate-level studies.
Her internships in energy monitoring at local hotels and businesses have led to thousands of dollars in savings for these organizations. Bradley is focused, determined, poised, and passionate about academics and athletics, where she excels in cross-country and track.
Bradley is the daughter of Scott Bradley of Honolulu and Lisa Bradley of Honolulu. The Hiatt College Scholarships were established in 2004, when Jerry and Mahilani Kellett Hiatt established the Mahilani Kellett Hiatt Endowment Fund.
The Service Award recognizes a student who provides extensive and meaningful local service to the community, while the Creativity and Initiative Award recognizes a student for scholarly work above and beyond the regular academic curriculum. Award recipients are selected based on nominations from their classmates and faculty. These nominees then are reviewed by an independent school committee.