Student-Athlete Spotlight

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Student-Athlete Spotlight honorees are nominated by academic advisors, based on the following criteria:

  • Effort and Excellence in Academics
  • Dedication to Team
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
  • Campus Involvement
  • Community Service
  • Ability to serve as a role model for current and future Hawaii student-athletes


Bree Soma – Softball


Bree Soma is a sophomore member for the Wahine Softball team.  She hails from Aiea, Oahu and is pursuing a degree in Economics as well as a certificate in Environmental Studies.  Bree has her eyes set on Law School upon graduating in 2020.  Bree has been on the Dean’s List every semester at UH and was on the All-Big West Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year.  She worked with the Student-Athlete Academic Services staff in the summer of 2017 as an academic-mentor with the Bridge Program and has become one of the strongest student-leaders throughout the Athletics Department.  Her academic advisor, Jim Gillespie states, “Bree, in a nutshell, brings to bear superb people skills, an innate ability to learn and a true passion for working with and serving her team, university and community.  She interacts with students, coaches and staff in a wonderful fashion, showing her true gifts as a skilled leader.  Moreover, she displays the sensitivities in dealing with academically at-risk college students as a mentor, which is extraordinarily desirable in a young person, but all too frequently missing.”  While maintaining a GPA just shy of 4.0 and representing all of Hawaii in a special way, Bree has a bright future ahead of her.


Tevarua Eldridge – Football

Hawaiian Studies & Hawaiian Language

Tevarua Eldridge is a senior member of the Football team from Wailuku, Maui.  He will graduate in Fall 2018 with a double major in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language.  Teva is an accomplished scholar-athlete who has earned both Dean’s List honors and Mountain West All-Academic honors twice each during his career at UHM.  He has consistently maintained a GPA above 3.0 through every semester while successfully balancing academic and athletic commitments. His Academic Advisor, Katharine Moffat, adds, “Teva has a role model for his peers and demonstrates a clear desire to excel in all that he does. I know that he will continue to be an asset to his community after he graduates.”


Blaz Seric – Men’s Tennis

Management & International Business

Blaz Seric, from Stuttgart, Germany, is on the Men’s Tennis Team and is working towards a double major in Management and International Business in the Shidler College of Business.  A Scholar-Athlete and Dean’s List Awardee, Blaz maintains a 4.0 cumulative GPA!  His academic advisor, Garrett Clanin, says, “Blaz is a dedicated student who works hard.  He is very mature and is always looking for ways to get the most out of his education.  I know Blaz has a bright future ahead of him.”


Chloe Barr – Water Polo

Kinesiology & Rehab Sciences

Chloe Barr is an outstanding student-athlete for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), participating on the women’s water polo team. Chloe is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Rehab Sciences. Chloe has earned Dean’s list honors three times over the course of her academic career. Academic Advisor, Kari Ambrozich says, “Chloe is a delightful student-athlete who excels in the pool and in the classroom. Chloe has an exciting future ahead of her and is on track to do amazing things in the health care community. Chloe is a diligent student and is as equally kind, considerate and compassionate. I am excited to see what her future holds after graduating this spring.”


Past Recipients – 2017-2018

Past Recipients – 2016-2017