Rysen Otomo has been selected as a 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars Program finalist. The Baldwin High School senior is one of only 250 finalists from across the U.S. He will travel to Atlanta, Coca-Cola's headquarters, in April for a Scholars Weekend. There, Rysen will be awarded either $20,000 or $10,000 in scholarships. A member of the Baldwin Swim Team and an Eagle Scout, he plans to follow in his father's, older brother's and older sister's footsteps and study engineering.
"I hope to attend Stanford," said Rysen. "As the youngest of three siblings, the scholarship will be very helpful to my family." He is the son of Carole Otomo and Stacy Otomo, president of Otomo Engineering.
Michael Nobriga, president of Maui Soda & Ice Works Ltd., one of the last few dozen independent Coca-Cola bottlers in the U.S., presented Rysen with his acceptance letter--and a case of 8-ounce glass bottles of Coca-Cola.
Michael Nobriga, president of Maui Soda & Ice Works Ltd. (left), congratulates 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars Program finalist Rysen Otomo, who plans to follow in his father’s, older brother’s and older sister’s footsteps and study engineering.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program was set up by the bottlers in 1986 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the company.
Maui Soda pays into a fund annually, which has been invested over the years to provide scholarships.
"Rysen is only the ninth finalist we've had from Maui in 25 years," said Nobriga. "We're very proud."