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In attendance at the APAA Gala were (from left) honorees Rocky Seto, Debbie and Ben Wong, emcee David Ono, honoree Yosuke Honjo and USC APAA Executive Director Grace Shiba. Photo courtesy of USC APAA.

By P.C. Staff

The USC Asian Pacific Alumni Assn. honored alumni leaders and 2015 scholars who have “demonstrated extraordinary leadership and merit while striving to advance the legacy of Asian Pacific Trojans” at its gala reception on April 10 at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. Honored were Leadership Award recipients Yosuke Honjo (MBA 1998), president and CEO of ITO EN North America; and Rocky Seto (class of 1999, MPA ’01), assistant head coach, defense, for the Seattle Seahawks; Legacy Award honoree Dr. Sammy Lee (class of 1947), two-time Olympic diving gold medalist and the first Asian American to win Olympic gold for the U.S. and Service Award honorees Ben Wong (class of 1973, PhD ’78) and Debbie Wong (class of 1975), dedicated alumni volunteers and USC parents.

In addition to the APAA alumni honorees, 61 2014/15 APAA scholars were presented. The APAA also launched its capital campaign of $2 million, which was announced by campaign co-chairs John Iino and Brandon Lew.