Mary Beth Laychak to be honored with ATHENA award

Courtesy of Mary Beth Laychak Mary Beth Laychak, left, stands with with Laura Daclison on the Canada-France-Hawaii catwalk during a Maunakea Scholars tour of the summit for Kapolei High School earlier this month. Daclison was a Maunakea Scholar student from 2018 to 2019 and now runs the program as a teacher at Kapolei.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Doug Simons and Mary Beth Laychak pose for a photo after an award ceremony for the Maunakea Scholars program at Waiakea High School on Tuesday.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mary Beth Laychak, right, poses for a photo with Camille Naki during a Maunakea Scholars award ceremony Tuesday at Waiakea High School in Hilo. After researching a topic and writing a proposal, some students in the program are awarded time at one of Hawaii's world-class telescopes. Naki was awarded time for her proposal on storms in space.

Mary Beth Laychak has empowered hundreds of Hawaii’s youth to reach for the stars through her work at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.