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
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.”