Leadership Development Through Community Service

Bringing Home the Hardware

Many RPJ members love volleyball, but the chapter proved again this weekend at the Hawaii Jaycees Year-End Convention that it’s more than a sporty outfit.
Incoming 2011 Chapter President Anthony Higa won the Armbruster Award, and he earned the opportunity to represent Hawaii at the United States Jaycees National Convention this summer in Chicago. The Armbruster Award is a national competition that recognizes the top veteran member from each state, and Anthony will go against other award winners at the convention.
The chapter’s new Executive VP Jeremy Yamamoto won the Write-Up competition, and he too has earned an opportunity to travel to Chicago and represent Hawaii in the national competition. This will be Jeremy’s second chance to win a national award, having won the national debate competition last year with teammates Shelby Taguma and Roger Gumerman.
Roger also earned a chance to take home another national award after winning the Jaycee Jeopardy competition. He captained last year’s debate team that defeated the Texas Jaycees in New Orleans for the national title.
The chapter continued its winning ways in the debate competition by defeating the team from the Hawaii Kai Jaycees. Rebecca Soon, Makana Shook and Kekoa McClellan competed for RPJ, and they’ve earned the chance to defend Hawaii’s title in Chicago.
Rebecca is no stranger to jaycee competitions, winning public speaking titles on the state, national and international levels. Kekoa competed at last year’s state debate competition, and his team actually won, but he was unable to attend the New Orleans convention. While this was Makana’s first official jaycee competition, she helped coach last year’s debate team, along with Rebecca and Kekoa.
2011 Community Development VP Jarvis Graham gave a good showing against members from the C.O.O.L. Jaycees, Hawaii Kai Jaycees, and the Chinese Jaycees in the Master’s Speak-Up competition, and new member Stan Lee came up just short in the Write-Up competition. This was their first taste of statewide jaycee competition, and hopefully, it won’t be their last.