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BYU-Hawaii's Valedictorian Plans LDS Mission

LAIE, HAWAII -- Nicole Kajiyama, 21, of Laie, was the valedictorian of the largest winter graduating class of Brigham Young University Hawaii. A daughter of a Hiroshima survivor, Nicole a self-described human rights activist who has been interning for U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, will forego her next pursuit of law school and serve an 18 month mission in Hong Kong for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"In college I feel Like I've been really centered on myself," Kajiyama said. "I just really feel like now I have to give back because I've really been given so much." While in Hong Kong, Kajiyama expects to teach people the gospel of Jesus Christ while giving service and teaching English.

Kajiyama has always been aware of iternational politics and her place in the world. She has worked with a nongovernmental organization on U.N. policies affecting families. "I do see myself as doing something to make it better," she said. "I've been give so much and I've had so many opportunities, if I don't give back...I've really not lived a worthwhile life," Kajiyama added.


BYUH valedictorian aims to give back in Mormon mission
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 17Dec01 P2
By Treena Shapiro
Nicole Kajiyama was valedictorian for her class at Brigham Young University-Hawaii's graduation ceremony Saturday.


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