Whiz Kid of the Week: Paige Kunitake

Find out what makes this kid special.

Each week San Marino Patch names a Whiz Kid of the Week. This can be a kid, teen, sports team, Girl Scout troop, etc. from San Marino who is amazing in some way.

We are asking for your nominations for Whiz Kid of the Week, so suggest a special San Marino kid, teen or youth group in the comment box below! .

This week's Whiz Kid is Paige Kunitake. Paige recently graduated from , the Class of 2011, and will be attending University of Washington next year. Paige is also a recipient of the Gold Award in Girl Scouts, the Merci Award of the San Marino Charity League, and the Senior Service Hour Award. But despite the accolades and accomplishments that she has earned, Paige is a compassionate individual and a terrific athlete.     

  • Whiz Kid's Name: Paige Kunitake        
  • Whiz Kid's Age: 18       
  • Whiz Kid's School: San Marino High School (Class of 2011); University of Washington (Class of 2015)
  •  Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: Paige was this year’s recipient of the San Marino National Charity League’s Merci Award as well as the Senior Service Hour Award. Paige also marched in the 2010 Rose Parade as a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient.
  • Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness: The key to Paige’s awesomeness is not just her giving spirit, but the fact that she knows it takes dedication and a philanthropic outlook on life to affect the change you want to see. Paige is both a member of the National Charity League, and a Gold Award (the highest possible rank within the Girl Scout organization) recipient. During her tenure in the National Charity League (NCL), Paige accumulated in excess of 1,000 hours worth of community service. Just to put a dollar sign on that number, if she were paid $10.00 for every hour of her work, she’d have contributed nearly over $10,000 worth of man hours to her community. That’s a lot of zeroes!

    Paige’s Gold Award project was “Baseball Camp” hosted at Villa Esperanza--a facility dedicated to helping the mentally handicapped; children and adult alike. For six weeks, Paige committed her time and energy to organizing an environment for the children to learn how to work together through sports; complete with balloons, signs, umpires, cheering fans, barbecues, and award ceremonies.  

    Paige’s compassionate heart is not her only strength. She’s also an incredible athlete. With four years of varsity basketball under her belt (her fourth year spent as the team captain) and almost 10 years as an active member of the Pasadena Bruins Basketball organization, Paige is a bright, generous, and talented young lady with a future full of promise.


Bonus Whiz Kid Info:

What is your favorite food: Pasta and Raspberries.

Last Book Read for Pleasure: A Time to Kill by John Grisham.

If you had power to change one thing and make the world a better place, what would that be?: To have everyone respect others and be more considerate of people's feelings, not just their own.

Gioia Pastre July 14, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Congratulations to Paige; you deserve this award! Villa Esperanza is still talking about the wonderful baseball camp you directed for our students. We hope you all come out and celebrate Villa's 50th anniversary Block Party this Sat, July 16th from 3:00-7:00pm. villaesperanzaservices.org


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