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health care in the United
States and other countries."
Panarella has also found
NATIVE HAWAI'IAN
To survive in an arid environment,
support from the Native
like that preserved in Kalokocommunity, including AISES,
-
Honokohau
National Historical
which she has been a part of
Park, Native Hawai'ians relied
on ancient fishing skills and the
since 2015. She was fortunate
knowledge of their elders.
enough to be the recipient of
an AISES Burlington Northern
Santa Fe (BNSF) Foundation
especially economics. "I love the
Scholarship. Available to high
way it allows my brain to think
school seniors in 13 states looking
scientifically and makes me feel
to pursue a bachelor's degree in a
capable of tackling real-world
STEM field, the BNSF Foundation
problems," she says. And while
Scholarship provides financial aid
Panarella has always been
for four years. Easing Panarella's
interested in public health, it
financial burden went a long way
wasn't until a friend convinced
toward helping her achieve her
her to take a class in it at Brown
goal of attending Brown.
that she began to see the field as
Panarella's connection to her
more than a passing interest and
Native culture and background
decided to make public health
run deep. Her maternal grandher second major. "I'm intellecmother was born and raised in
tually curious, especially when it
Hawai'i, and Panarella spends her
comes to serving my commusummers working at the Native
nity," she explains. "And public
Hawai'ian Heritage Center in
health allows me to be involved
Honoka'a. There she helps set up,
in the conversation around

"In moments of doubt, I like to
remind myself that regardless
of anything that happened in
the past, I can succeed."
maintain, and update archive
collections on the history of
Native Hawai'ians on the
Hamakua Coast. "The internship
teaches me the history of my
ancestors firsthand," she says, and
allows her to remember where
she came from.
Always keeping in mind her
ancestry, and both her own
struggles and those of her people,
has helped Panarella succeed in
ways she never dreamed of. And
while the path she has chosen is
not an easy one, Panarella is not
giving up. "I tell myself that if I
want something, I will not stop
working until I put myself in the
position to achieve it, whatever
that goal may be," she says. "I
believe that willing yourself to

success is the very best way to
make sure that you maximize
your potential."
Panarella is still working out
how to best maximize her own
potential, as she has three more
years at Brown and is considering
going on to graduate school. Most
important, Panarella wants others
like her to know that anything is
possible. "Everyone can go to
college, but it won't happen if you
just hope for it to happen," she
says. "Just like every student at a
small-town public high school, I
had the chance to do something
extraordinary and I am not going
to let it slip from my fingers."
And, says Panarella, neither
should anyone else.
- Alexa D'Agostino

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is a
renewable scholarship for American Indian, African American
and Hispanic high school seniors and college freshmen,
sophomores and juniors intending to, or already majoring in,
a chemical science field and planning a career in a chemical
science field at four- or two-year college institutions.
For more information visit our website

www.acs.org/scholars

The application period is November 1 - March 1 annually

aises.org

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