Jenelle Aoki was born in China and adopted by parents Dean and Karon Aoki. She was welcomed to Hawaii once adopted, growing up in her hometown Mililani. She currently attends Moanalua High School as a senior constantly talking to everyone from teachers to friends.The quote that Jenelle lives by is “don’t be the best in the world, but be the best for the world” said by her band director Mr. Elden T. Seta. It does not help if you’re the best and you are pushing down your peers around you. If you help each other then everyone can reach their goal. I hope to instill this quote into many HOSA members so they remember that together we can make a difference. As helping others is a priority of Jenelle’s she volunteers at a preschool helping watch children during school vacations. The kid’s enthusiasm and energy always put a smile on her face. These children always bring joy to her day which motivates her to pursue a career in the medical field. She hopes to become a pediatric optometrist when she gets older.She’s been an active HOSA member since her freshmen year and served as Moanalua High School’s Chapter President as a sophomore. Attending both states and nationals for two years and seeing how much of an impact the state officers had on her she aspired to be just like them hoping to shape Hawaii’s future health professionals. Last year she served as the Hawaii HOSA 2016-2017 State Treasurer and she is now honored to serve as the Hawaii HOSA 2017-2018 State President.
As HOSA is not the only activity Jenelle participates in other extracurricular activities which include being part of the Moanalua High School “Menehune” Marching Band and Color Guard as a flag in Color Guard. Another activity she is involved in is being part of the Symphony Orchestra playing the violin. She has also been playing the piano for 11 years as music has always been an important part of her life. Leo Club is another activity that Jenelle has been involved in since freshmen year, actively doing service projects throughout her community. Additionally, Jenelle has recently been accepted into her school’s National Honor Society.