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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 7, 2009

Meleana Shim

Advertiser Staff

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Meleana Shim
College: Santa Clara

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After bursting onto the high school soccer scene as a freshman, Kamehameha's Meleana Shim maintained a big presence throughout her career despite a year away in Arizona.

Shim earned first-team Advertiser All-State honors as a freshman after helping the Warriors win their first state championship in 10 years. She scored a goal and had an assist in the title game, and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Shim repeated as a first-team All-State selection as a sophomore after helping Kamehameha win another ILH and state title. After spending her junior year in Arizona, she returned to Kamehameha as a senior and led the league in scoring, helping the Warriors win a fourth straight ILH championship.

Shim was named ILH Offensive Player of the Year and Advertiser All-State Co-Player of the Year.

Kamehameha coach Michele Nagamine said, "When you hear, 'Offensive Player of the Year,' people automatically assume you lead the team in scoring, but she led the team in assists as well. A good player is going to stand out in a crowd, but a great player is not only going to put the ball in the back of the net, but make everyone around you look and play better."

Off the field, Shim carried a 3.1 grade-point average and was treasurer of the school's Healthy Cooking Club. She also volunteers at Special Olympics events and has cooked meals for the homeless.

Shim will attend Santa Clara University in the fall and hopes to major in psychology.