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Shevalyn Yamaguchi (center) was one of 15 Hawai‘i seniors selected for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s senior internship program. She is shown above with fellow Do Something Club members Kaliʻa Wasson (l) and Regan Stradtmann-Carvalho (r).

KSH senior selected for senatorʻs internship program

Jan. 21, 2015

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

KS Hawaiʻi senior Shevalyn Yamaguchi joins fourteen other Hawai‘i twelfth-graders in this year’s class of “Schatz Seniors.”

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i senior Shevalyn Yamaguchi was one of 15 students across the state to be selected to be in the 2014 class of the Schatz Seniors Internship Program, offered by Hawai‘i U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.

The internship program provides a hands-on opportunity to high school seniors interested in learning about the U.S. Senate. Students will work with Honolulu outreach staff and help to identify issues of interest in their schools and communities. They will also attend and staff special events co-hosted by Senator Schatz.

The opportunity to build her organizational and communications skills and gain valuable business experience, both in and outside of the office, appealed to Yamaguchi.

“I applied for the Schatz Seniors internship because I believe that with this opportunity it will give me the chance to communicate with my fellow seniors/business partners and increase my knowledge of the political system,” she says.

Yamaguchi is a cheerleader and a member of the campus' Do Something Club which focuses on community service. She plans to attend Pennsylvania State University Abington and will be enrolled in the university’s five-year master’s degree program in psychological and social science.

“Our Schatz Seniors are some of the most active and community-engaged high school students in our state,” says Senator Schatz.  “I look forward to working with this year’s class as they continue to develop useful civic leadership skills that they can apply in their schools and communities.”

As a resident of Puna, Yamaguchi has witnessed the importance of service leadership first-hand, being impacted along with friends and family by the many natural disasters and events that have occurred in the region.

 “Being a service leader is important to me because it will help me to reach out to the community and offer support and aid to those in need,” shares Yamaguchi.

“I would like to say a big mahalo to Senator Schatz and his office for granting me this opportunity. I look forward to collaborating with the other seniors as well as the senator and his crew.”

Also earning a spot in the 2014 class of Schatz Seniors, is KS Maui senior Mikayla Lau.  To learn more about the program and see the full list of students selected, visit

As a member of the KS Hawaiʻi Do Something Club, Shevalyn performs community service projects throughout the year.

Yamaguchi’s extra-curricular activities also include being on the high school’s cheerleading team.

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