2015 Kunitomi/Suzuki Schloarship – Dennis Takeshita

Dennis Takeshita from Hacienda Heights is the recipient of this year’s Hideo Kunitomi/Paul Suzuki scholarship award from the Community Youth Council (CYC Invitational) that was presented to him at the annual CYC Jamboree held at Schurr High on February 22.  Dennis has played basketball with the Jets/Jetts organization since he was in first grade and has also served as a coach and scorekeeper.  His parents are Liane and Lyle Takeshita and he has two younger siblings – 15-year old Jason and 11-year old Jodi.

The Kunitomi/Suzuki Award was established in memory of Hideo Kunitomi and Paul Suzuki to honor both men for their long term service to CYC.  A college scholarship is presented annually to a young man who excels in the following areas:  scholastic achievement, active participation in school and community affairs, leadership skills and true sportsmanship.

A runner-up award was also presented to Joshua Staffieri of Torrance who is from the Tigers organization.  Outstanding merit awards were given to Matthew Chan, Christopher Furukawa, Joshua Ho, Scott Kawakami, Rece Kunisaki, Bryan Phan, Craig Sugiyama, Davis Tse and Charlie Yoshitake.

Our winner Dennis currently excels at Glen A. Wilson High School where he maintains a 4.48 grade point average.  As well as being a pretty good basketball player, he is also a cross country and track and field athlete and makes time to serve on several school committees as well as volunteering to decorate the Rose Float, work at homeless shelters and participate in Relay For Life which raises money for cancer survivors.

Jets/Jetts President Denise Wada cites Dennis’ “positive attitude, work ethic and leadership skills that have gained the respect of his educators and peers.”  And he has high aspirations too.  Dennis credits listening to his grandmother’s stories of her time at the Poston Internment Camp for his love of history and focus on how to improve the future from the past’s wrongs.  He plans to attend UCLA to eventually earn a PhD in history and work as a human rights advocate and diplomat for the United States.

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