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


Jonas Gutzat – Men’s Swimming

Creative Media and Communications

Senior Men’s Distance Swimmer Jonas Gutzat hails from Lappersdorf, Bavaria, Germany.  He is double majoring in Creative Media and Communications with a perfect streak on the Dean’s List in every semester at UH Manoa!  He volunteers his artistic skills behind the camera to help produce many fantastic short films including last year’s H-Awards team video.  According to his Head Coach, Dan Schemmel: “Jonas is an absolute joy to coach and to be around. His light-hearted attitude mixed with his tough work ethic make him an ideal training partner and one that makes those around him better. He has played a pivotal role in helping this program improve and contend for a conference title. Not only is he a stud in the pool but Jonas is an outstanding student as well. His grades speak for themselves and show that he doesn’t take his experience as a Rainbow Warrior lightly. He is the perfect representation of what it means to be an elite student-athlete!”


Marina Hruba – Women’s Tennis

Translation and Interpretation

Marina Hruba is a Translation and Interpretation Major and a Senior on the Women’s Tennis Team.  She is a phenomenal student who who maintains a 3.87 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List every semester during her academic career at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  Marina is from the Czech Republic and is proficient in and/or is developing skills in many languages, including: Czech, Russian, English, German, Spanish, and Japanese.  Her academic advisor, Garrett Clanin, states, “Marina is a model student-athlete who is able to excel in everything she does.  She is committed to learning and gaining skills that will prepare her for a profession in translation and interpretation.  She is a joy to work with and I look forward to watching her future success.”


Erika Pauley – Women’s Water Polo

Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Erika Pauley is a terrific student-athlete pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and plans to graduate in Spring 2018. Upon graduation, Erika plans to join the Peace Corps where she will gain experience in applying the skills she learned in her degree program and give back to the Philippine community.  Academic advisor, Kari Ambrozich says, “Erika is an intelligent and caring young woman. I am so excited for Erika to have a great senior season in water polo and then join the Peace Corps to give back to this world while gaining valuable experiences. I know there is a bright future for Erika and I am looking forward to watching her grow into a leader in our community in the area of Environmental Sciences. We need more people like her to make a positive change for our world.”


Penitito Fa’alologo – Football

Sociology & Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures

Penitito (Kiko) Faʻalologo is a Senior football student-athlete. Kiko has always been a positive, and conscientious student from the semester he first joined us (Spring 2013). Since that time, Kiko has successfully completed his degree in Family Resources in Fall of his Junior season of eligibility (Fall 2016), and one year later, is expected to complete both his degree in Sociology with a Certificate in Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (Samoan) (Fall 2017). Kiko remained an annual scholar athlete honoree at the Scholar Athlete dinner and H-Zone Awards Show. Aside from his consistent effort and the academic excellence he achieved, Kiko impresses so many with his positive energy and dedication to everyone and everything in his life. Penititoʻs academic advisor Courtney Tsumoto adds, “Kiko has been a sincere joy to work with. He possesses a perpetual sunny and refreshing outlook on life. I look forward to learning of the exciting places life takes him next, as I know that he will be successful in whatever he chooses to pursue. I will miss Kiko, and his gigantic smile, so very much. It is our sincere hope he continues to positively impact everyone he comes into contact with.


Past Recipients – 2017-2018

Past Recipients – 2016-2017