Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Vocational Education
Kunimoto Award Winner
Leslie Baker, a plant biotechnology student at Windward Community College, is a diligent and motivated student who is always willing to help others.
Baker was a summer student tutor and created a one-day curriculum built around botany/math for students entering 7th grade from Waimanalo, Kahuku and Palolo. She also volunteered to do research observations and data collection on non-class days and produced excellent, timely lab reports.
She serves as the Botany Club secretary and actively participates in extra-curricular activities on campus such as Hoolaulea 2010 where she provided an orchid potting demonstration for children and at the Bioprocessing Medicinal Garden Complex doing weeding, mulching and planting.
Baker’s leadership, enthusiasm and commitment are unwavering.
The Masaki and Momoe Kunimoto Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Vocational Education rewards outstanding achievement and significant contribution to vocational and technical education by a community college faculty member or student.
The award was established by family members to honor the namesakes’ role in development of the food industry in Hawaii.
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