Good News About Education
And how you can help.
The story of Matthew Matasci and his school deserves its own special space in the good news section of the Maui Weekly.
Matthew, an outstanding senior at St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, was one of five Hawai'i students-the sole student from Maui-selected to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on O'ahu this month based on an essay he wrote.
"Matthew's essay earned him a place in the audience with the president of the United States!" said Rochelle Mendoza, the parent of another student at St. Anthony. "And Matthew shows the same type of dedication and care in all his work."
The school invests heavily in its students, attaining 2.4 million dollars in scholarships last year so students like Matthew can have the opportunity to attend a quality college or university anywhere in the nation. The school also gives all its students scholarships to supplement part of their tuition to attend the high school.
The Catholic collegiate preparatory school's efforts have been rewarded with alumni including mayors, legislators, attorneys, physicians, dentists, nurses, business leaders, educators and even a major league baseball player-Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, the school will present its major fundraiser, "An Evening In Paradise," its 19th annual dinner and auction at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, to raise money for the school's tuition assistance program.
"This is a very important event for our high school," said Mendoza, "because the funds go directly to each and every student's education. They work hard to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to come to this school."
Mendoza wants an excellent education for her own son, Colin, and the opportunity for him to get scholarships to Harvard.
"The college counselor and staff are excellent resources of information about financial support for stellar students," she said. "So it looks like we are in the right place."
The event, which will feature a buffet dinner, dancing and entertainment by the Anthony Junior-Senior High School ensemble, will be emceed by 1991 alumna and KHON2 TV personality Trini Kaopuiki. Former Mayor Charmaine Tavares (1961) will serve as this year's auctioneer.
If you would like to support students like Matthew, call 244-4190, ext. 228, for reservations. To bid online, go to www.sasmaui.org and click on the "pink" button. You may send donations to St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, Attention: Development Office, 1618 Lower Main St., Wailuku.