Cobi Pimental and Kacie Kwan have been elected Mr. and Miss HBA for the 2019-2020 school year. The award, which began in 1955, recognizes one male and one female senior who typify the best in HBA students, including their contributions to school life through leadership, extracurricular activities and in their character. The winners are elected by their peers.
Pimental entered HBA in fourth grade. In middle and high school, he became well-known for his servant-style leadership. Always ready to help, he consistently volunteered for the City of Joy ministry, served as a sound technician for weekly chapels and multiple grade-level camps, and served as a Christian Ministries intern. While he prefers that his service go unnoticed, he was awarded HBA’s PTF Service Award three times. Pimental also mentored middle school students and lead clubs, including the Drone Club and Science Olympiad. He was also known for his cleverness and ingenuity. It seemed that at any time, he was always working on some engineering project. He was also awarded the Bausch-Lomb Honorary Science Award during his junior year. In addition to his many talents, Pimental played French Horn in the Wind Ensemble and varsity golf and tennis. This fall, he will be attending the University of North Dakota to study aeronautical engineering. His dream is to be a pilot.
Kwan entered HBA in seventh grade. In high school, she served on the student council and was a member of the National Honor Society, Japanese National Honor Society and President’s Aloha Council. In 2018, she won the ILH individual champion title in cross country. She is the second girl in the school’s history to receive this honor. She was also known for her extraordinary leadership among her teammates in both cross country and track and field. Her love for Christ was also evident in her words and interactions with her peers. She was a member of Soldier of Light select choir, participated in weekly Bible studies at Core Group, and mentored underclassmen at grade level camps. Outside of school, she volunteered as a counselor at a week-long Boy Scout Camp. Kwan will attend Westmont College this fall in Santa Barbara, California, where she plans to continue running.