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STARKIST SAMOA AWARDS $20,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR LOCAL STUDENTS

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StarKist Samoa officially announced the names of the four local students who have been awarded scholarships from the cannery, totaling $20,000.
 
The ceremony took place at the StarKist Atu’u plant yesterday.
 
The 2015 StarKist Samoa scholarship recipients are Liana Gurr, Ikaika Pasia Mahuka, Koroseta Butler, and Sam Lei Sam Jr.
 
Gurr and Mahuka were accompanied by their parents, while Lei Sam’s father accepted the award on behalf of his son who is currently in Samoa.
 



‘DARE TO BE YOU’ IS MISS SAMOA’S ADVICE AS SHE READIES FOR MISS WORLD CONTEST

When you are a beauty queen, being physically attractive is arguably the most important factor.

But for Otago University student Latafale Auva'a, having a beautiful mind, spirit and carrying yourself well are what define attractiveness.

The 21-year-old is the reigning Miss Samoa NZ, Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands.

In November, she will represent Samoa at the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China.



LONG BEACH ATHLETES GOLDEN FOR AMERICAN SAMOA AT THE PACIFIC GAMES

There’s still one year to go before the city of Long Beach gets a chance to flex its muscle again in the Olympics, but a handful of athletes from the area got a chance to give local sports fans a golden preview while competing in the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
 



HALL OF FAME LIMITS SEAU'S DAUGHTER'S COMMENTS TO VIDEO

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Junior Seau's daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.

Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau's comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who killed himself in 2012. Seau is one of seven men being inducted this year.

In a statement from Hall executive vice president Joe Horrigan, a 2010 policy was referenced Friday.



LOCAL ARTISTS SHARE LOVE OF SAMOAN CULTURAL ARTS WITH CALIFORNIA

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Earlier this summer, the Oakland Museum in California was among several sites and organizations which reached out to two of American Samoa’s iconic artists with invitations to present their work, as well as hold public discussions and workshops on the traditional arts of the Samoan islands.
 



AZARIAH MAIAVA OF TA’U, MANU’A PLACES FIRST IN iSEA PHOTO CONTEST

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The sunlight reflecting off the ocean waters in the Manu’a Islands photo has won First Place in the recent Get Into Your Sanctuary (GIYS) school competition, which was held in May and sponsored by NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) as part of the eight-month long program that aims to highlight each of the different Sanctuary sites within the NMSAS system.
 
The winning photo was submitted by Azariah Maiava of Ta’u, Manu’a.
 



TENNESSEE TITANS ANNOUNCE DEAL WITH MARCUS MARIOTA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota signed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, becoming the last of the NFL's first-round draft picks to finalize his deal.

The former Oregon quarterback is expected to start immediately, with the timing of the contract keeping the No. 2 overall pick on track to open the season Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay against Jameis Winston - the No. 1 overall selection from the draft.



TWO-TIME GOLD MEDALIST TUIOTI-MARINER REFLECTS ON JOURNEY TO XV PAC GAMES

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PORT MORESBY — Two-time Pacific Games gold medalist Maxwell Tuioti-Mariner believes that the opportunity which allowed his daughter Nora Sharma Tuioti-Mariner to play for the American Samoa Women’s National Volleyball Team in the XV Pacific Games, is a fulfillment of his dream that he would give something back to American Samoa, for giving him the green light to represent the Territory at the 1979 and 1983 Pacific Games as part of the Men’s Volleyball National Team.
 



TEAM AMERIKA SAMOA’S WOMEN EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR XV PACIFIC GAMES

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PORT MORESBY — Team Amerika Samoa for the XV Pacific Games has placed 13th in the overall medal tally — winning 8 medals, according to the Games Council count, which includes 3 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.
 
With the count comes the bragging rights with all the gold medals coming from outstanding performances by women in their respective sports: volleyball- indoor & beach, and bodybuilding; and don’t discount the silver, which is from the women’s basketball team. The bronze belong to the men.
 



THS FOOTBALL PLAYER ATTENDS "INVITATION ONLY" NIKE OPENING FINALS

Tafuna High School Warrior, football player Frederick Mauigoa, who just competed against nearly 150 top high school football players from across the United States in the four-day Nike Opening Finals football camp in Beaverton, Oregon July 7-10, with the intention of impressing college football coaches and scouts.
 
The 6 foot 4 inch 295 pound Mauigoa, who competed against the four and five- star players, will be graduating high school this coming school year.
 



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