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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 30, 2006

Student all out to embrace her 'Ewa

By Loren Moreno
Advertiser Staff Writer


Age: 17

School: James Campbell High

Grade: Senior

Who helps you? "My family is my biggest support. They keep me going," Moncrease said.

What advice would you give to kids who want to follow your example? "Shine your light wherever you go," she said.

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Brittany Moncrease

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What: The James Campbell High School Parent Teacher Student Association will hold a community festival to help raise money to support short- and long-term educational goals for 'Ewa students. "Embrace 'Ewa" will feature games, crafts, food, rides for the keiki and entertainment.

When: 3 to 9 p.m., April 15

Where: Campbell High School. Free parking will be available at an adjacent location.

Information: Contact the Campbell PTSA at embraceewa@gmail.com.

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Brittany Moncrease can be found cleaning litter and debris from the 'Ewa canal or raising scholarship money for underprivileged 'Ewa Beach students. She does it for the love of her community, she said.

"I've developed a passion to see this community move forward," the 17-year-old Moncrease said.

The Campbell High School student body president has gone well beyond promoting school spirit on campus said her teacher, Sara Ann Kimura.

"She basically is not someone who thinks, 'What can I get out of it?' " said Kimura, the student activities coordinator at Campbell. "She does things because she wants to do them and make a difference."

Moncrease has made it her mission to improve the community she lives in and the image it projects. "I want people to see what we are doing and respect us as a community," she said.

In early February, Moncrease organized a community cleanup that brought out more than 100 students.

Another project that Moncrease is heavily involved in, "Embrace 'Ewa," is raising money to set up a scholarship fund for students in the community. It is a student-initiated project to encourage students continue their education and go to college, Moncrease said.

Moncrease said the goal of the April 15 event at the high school is to raise $10,000.

"We want to show other students that whatever we put our minds to, we can get things done," she said.

Moncrease plans to attend college on the Mainland and study computer engineering.

Reach Loren Moreno at lmoreno@honoluluadvertiser.com.