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Len Silva and Johanna Seng Elected Mr. & Miss HBA 2021
Christina Yasutomi

Len Silva, left, and Johanna Seng, right, were elected the 2021 Mr. and Miss HBA.

Seniors Len Silva and Johanna Seng have been elected the 2021 Mr. and Miss HBA. The award, which is the school’s highest honor, 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 award was established in 1955 and has continued to be a cherished tradition, with the winners being elected by their peers.

Silva entered HBA in sixth grade. In seventh grade, he joined the school’s worship team as the drummer. In high school, he accompanied the Soldiers of Light select choir as their drummer, while continuing to play drums for weekly chapel services and at grade level camps. He also played tuba for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble all four years of high school, and was the section leader during his junior and senior year. Silva was also recognized for his outstanding academics. In May 2019, he received the PTF High Achievement Award for earning straight As throughout high school. In October 2020, he received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program (NSMP), which honors students who are among the 50,000 top scorers for the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Silva also played varsity volleyball all four years of high school, and served as the team captain his senior year. Silva is the son of Michael and Lynn (Takiguchi) Silva ‘84. 

L-R: Michael Silva, Len Silva, and Lynn (Takiguchi) Silva '84.

Seng entered HBA in eighth grade. She made an immediate impact in track and field, winning three ILH titles her first year here. Her success continued into high school. As a freshman, she placed second overall at the state championship. She was named an Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) all star as a freshman, sophomore and junior, and she helped HBA to its first ever ILH Championship her junior year.  She also led HBA to consecutive State Championships her sophomore and junior years. In Track and Field, she was the ILH silver medalist in the 1500 meter run and bronze medalist in the 3000 meter run her sophomore year.  She capped off that season by winning the state championship in the 3000 meter run by 16 seconds over the state runner-up. She suffered nagging injuries that hampered her sophomore and junior cross country seasons. Then, the majority of her junior track and field  season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her faith in God, and her well-rounded character, carried her through. In her senior year, she took on the role of editor-in-chief for the school’s newspaper, The Eagle Eye. Through the uncertainties and difficulties brought about by COVID-19, she successfully led the staff and together they won Best-in-State for the state high school journalism awards, continuing the paper’s seven-year winning streak. Seng has also been recognized for her academics. In February, Seng advanced to the finalist round of the NMSP. She is now among 15,000 finalists in the nation who are being considered for scholarships. To qualify, Seng was one of the top 16,000 high school students who scored the highest in their state in the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Ministry is also an important part of Seng’s life. She has led Bible studies for middle school girls at HBA. She also teaches Sunday School and has spoken for online services at her church, Bluewater Mission. In her sophomore year, she founded and coordinated the Justice Run 5K, which raises funds to help aid and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. She organized a second run her junior year. Seng is the daughter of Jordan and Soyna Seng.

L-R: Sonya Seng, Johanna Seng and Jordan Seng.