Chuukese student graduates from Hilo High and HCC, looks to his future at Columbia University

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Hawaii Community College faculty cheer for Ed Ateria Poch-Yeichy during the drive-through commencement ceremony on May 14.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Ed Ateria Poch-Yeichy poses for a portrait after graduating from Hawaii Community College with a Liberal Arts degree on May 14. Posh-Yeichy decorated the truck with the flag of Micronesia to celebrate his culture.

As the first Hilo High School student to graduate from high school and community college simultaneously, a young Chuukese student aspires to set a positive example for all Micronesian students.