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OPELOGE TAKES HOME A GOLD AT 2016 OCEANIA WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP

World record holder Mary Opeloge of Samoa defied all odds to take home a gold medal from the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championship at Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.

Opeloge set the world record in the 75 kilogram in senior category. Her record stands at 243kg set in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Her record also includes snatch of 110kg, clean and jerk of 161kg set in 2013 and 2014.

Opeloge was dissatisfied with her performance as she had a lift of 225kg including a snatch of 103 and clean and jerk of 122kg.



KANANA FOU CLASS OF 2016 — “FEAR OF GOD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM”

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The Kanana Fou High School Stallions Class of 2016 held its commencement ceremony yesterday morning at the Ua Taunu’u Chapel under the theme pulled from the Bible — Book of Proverbs: “O le mata’u i le Atua, o le amataga lea o le poto” (“Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”).

 

This year’s coverage of the 2016 High School Graduation Awards in the Territory is brought to you by Paramount Builders, a local company that prides itself in promoting education and investing in the territory’s children.

 



U.S. ARMY RESERVIST FROM AM. SAMOA WINS DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD

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Even though he didn’t come home with the gold, US Army SGT Frank Seko is definitely a local hero, as he was the first US Army Reservist from American Samoa to represent the 9th Mission Support Command in the United States Army Reserve Component (USARC) Best Warrior Competition earlier this month, where Seko outperformed his counterparts and competitors from other units in the Pacific region.
 



HOME OF THE FLAMES GRADUATES 23 — “WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN”

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The Home of the Flames graduated 23 young people — 8th graders — yesterday morning, during a brief ceremony held in the school chapel in Malaeimi.

 

Dozens of proud parents, grandparents, family members and friends were in attendance, to witness a milestone in the lives of the graduates who will enter their first year of high school after summer break.



12TH FESTIVAL OF PACIFIC ARTS OPENS WITH CELEBRATION OF PACIFIC CULTURES

A Welcoming Canoes Ceremony and Official Opening Ceremony on Sunday
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The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts kicked off last Sunday (Saturday in American Samoa) with thousands of island residents, dignitaries and visiting nations in attendance at the opening ceremony in the Paseo Stadium in the village of Hagatna, Guam.

 



2016 PACIFIC HORIZONS SCHOOL GRADUATES HIGHLY MOTIVATED

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It’s been thirteen years since the first graduates of Pacific Horizons School in Ottoville received their diplomas and this year, the school is proud to say goodbye to eight seniors, its highest number of graduates ever.

 

This year’s coverage of the 2016 graduation season — Awards is brought to you by Paramount Builders, a local company that prides itself in promoting education and investing in the territory’s children.

 



OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE HONORED AT ASCC GRADUATE BANQUET

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Graduate Banquet, a final social occasion for graduates-to-be as well as an occasion to honor outstanding academic achievement, was held several days prior to the College’s 64th Commencement Ceremony last week. The event, organized by the Division of Student Services, gives each ASCC department the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments students whose achievements in the many areas of study the College offers merits special recognition.
 



TERRITORIAL SPELLING BEE WINNER HEADED TO THE SCRIPPS NATIONAL BEE

She studies the entire dictionary to prepare
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“It’s been quite a difficult few months studying the entire Webster’s Dictionary! I feel as if the whole world is on my shoulders representing American Samoa. At the same time, this one last try at the National Spelling Bee is one for the books,” said Debrina Maggie Alaia Su'a of Manulele Tausala Elementary School.
 



LOCAL RED CROSS OPERA PREMIERS TONIGHT

Source: Media Release, Dancing Fingers

PAGO PAGO — It’s not the Met in New York, or La Scala in Italy that the moving theme of Handel’s ‘Largo’ from Xerxes would be performed for the first time, but at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei for a Samoan audience. The event is a partnership between the Dancing Fingers Productions and the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross American Samoa (ARCAS) unit.
 
The proceeds from the benefit concert will go to help complete the local Red Cross administrative building in Tafuna.
 



TAUSI FEAGAIGA (COVENANT KEEPER) PROJECT LAUNCHES

Tausi Feagaiga (Covenant Keeper), a collaborative project between Pacific Youth & Community Development, the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the Diocese Samoa Pago Pago – Hope House was launched with an Opening Ceremony held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Hope House, in Fatu-o-Aiga. The project is funded by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA).

 



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