Author: Katlin Cilliers

Loreto Mendoza Jr.

Loreto Mendoza Jr. was born and raised on Maui. He joined the Marine Corps right after finishing high school, in 2012. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014, for about seven months. When he was there, he did patrols and convoys.

He was also stationed in California for a few years after coming back from South Asia. Mendoza is currently using his GI Bill benefits to further his education as he decided to end his active service. He’s working towards the Radiologic Technology Program at KCC.

“[The military] gave me a lot of opportunities, education-wise. … I had to grow up fast. I was a 20-year old, 19 year-old in charge of guys who were 25-year old guys.”

In his free time, Mendoza enjoys spear fishing.

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    Dalton Smith was born in New Orleans and moved to O'ahu before starting high school. The first-year KCC student (undeclared Liberal Arts) was encouraged to pursue a college degree by his family and work colleagues. Though he has not declared a specialization just yet, he particularly enjoyed the world history class he took this past fall semester. Dalton has been taking a wide breadth of courses—ranging from math to english—that will help him channel his interests to a specific major at KCC and beyond. He'd like to eventually transfer to UH Manoa after receiving his associate's degree from KCC. After school-related responsibilities are met, you'll likely find Dalton in the ocean surfing, hanging out with friends, or hiking many of the trails that O'ahu has to offer.

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