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by Janel Foster, staff writer


Alpha Epsilon Delta, HPU’s Health Pre-professional Honor society, produced its first Kaplan Writing Contest last fall. Students, Sage Yoo and Margeaux DeMoulin won free Kaplan Test Preparation courses, each valued at $2,000.
Kaplan Inc., sponsors for the contest, is a one-stop resource for test preparation, professional school admittance, and professional licensing.
The contest requirements consisted of a written essay no more than 5,300 words detailing why the applicant wanted to be a healthcare professional. The essays were judged by a panel of HPU deans and faculty on emotional impact and overall composition.
Winners were selected Dec. 21 and announced Feb. 3 at the award ceremony at the Hawai‘i Loa Campus. The awards were presented by Dr. Louis P. Primavera, HPU’s Pre-Health Professions Coordinator. Richelle Kim, the Hawai‘i Director of Kaplan Testing congratulated the winners.
Yoo, who was recently accepted into a dental school at Tufts University, said he would like to travel to other countries “where I can provide help to children,” he said.
DeMoulin, a junior and Alpha Epsilon Delta’s vice-president,was inspired by her grandfather’s illness: “I saw how he was treated, and since then I’ve wanted to work in this field,” she said.
DeMoulin had her first operation experience in high school when she was given the opportunity to take part in a 4-hour cadaver dissection. “I’ve been a bug for medicine ever since,” she said. DeMoulin plans to graduate from HPU next spring, moving onto medical school on the mainland.
“ My number one choice of school is Stanford University where I will study to be a heart surgeon.”


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