I am really proud of my oldest grandson, Clay. Working with teenagers for years, I know how hard a move can be, especially in their senior year. But Clay's father took on a new job in Hawaii and so Clay made his way from Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah where he started as a sophomore and junior into a program that is nationally recognized and highly competitive. As an outsider it has been tough to break in, but he earned the starting center position. Although he was new, he quickly established himself as the strongest kid on the team in the weight room. As a junior in Utah he was the high school state weightlifting and powerlifting champion with a Clean and Jerk of 325 lb. and a deep back squat of over 500. He has improved on those marks since moving to the island. Since Kahuku has such a national reputation, many think it is a large and well-to-do school, but that is not the case. They have a 9-12 enrollment of under 700 and their facilities are pretty spartan. The weight room is about the size of a 3 car garage and consists mainly of rusty weights. But the "secret" is in the effort and the Ohana spirit. I appreciate his great example.
Below is the write up in a local website......
By way of his father's new job @ Kamehameha we find Clay here @ Kahuku. It's a funny story that Dr. Taran Chun get's a job @ Kamehameha as the po'o kula (head of school) but none of his kids are able to gain admittance to Kamehameha for various reasons. So Dr. Chun along with his wife Nizhoni ask the kids where of all places on the island they would want to go to school. So basically, Clay being a Red Raider fan all the way from Utah made the choice for him and his siblings to come to Kahuku and this side of the island for school and . . . the rest is history!
He'll probably say that the above image is probably not his best shot, however, he has certainly given Big Red a shot of passion, desire, and leadership in the quest for state championship # 9!