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NU'UULI FAMILY PRAYS FOR THE GIFT OF LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON

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As Christmastime nears, everybody is in a rush, trying to get everyone on their gift list crossed off. But for one Nuuuli family, this holiday season couldn’t be more complicated.
 
Abraham and Diana Soli have made the parking lot of the LBJ Medical Center their temporary home, sleeping with their three-year-old son AJ in the back of their truck as they do everything they can to stay close to Baby Melchizedek (Mel) who is only four months old and has been fighting for his life since December 1.
 



CELEBRATING SUCCESS — JOHNNY VICTOR TOMA’S MASTERS DEGREE SUPERSIZED

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A Corporate International Masters (CIM) degree is no small accomplishment, and earlier this year, a local boy from Pago Pago, born and raised in the territory, was the recipient of such a degree. On Friday, October 31, 2014, Johnny Victor Toma became the first Samoan in history to achieve this academic milestone.
 
The prestigious degree — meant to enhance leadership skills in an increasingly globalized business world— carries with it three diplomas:
 



AMERICAN SAMOA COMMEMORATES "WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA" — OUR WAY

Plus photos from The American Samoa Society of Washington D.C
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About twenty local residents, including a handful of military retirees, represented American Samoa in joining for the first time, the commemoration of Wreaths Across America, last Saturday during a brief ceremony at the American Samoa Veterans Memorial Center in Tafuna.
 



SON OF AMERICAN SAMOA AND OREGON QB MARCUS MARIOTA WINS HEISMAN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon's first Heisman Trophy winner.

The Ducks' understated star won the Heisman on Saturday night going away, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.

"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said, reading an acceptance speech he had a hard time getting through without choking up.

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AM SAMOA’S MCDONALD’S FAMILY MAKES CHRISTMAS WISHES COME TRUE

all photos: Jeff Hayner

One of the winners in the McDonald’s My Christmas Wish program yesterday was the Pa family. The Pa children wished to be with their father who is undergoing treatment for cancer in Hawaii and for his recovery.
 
The family received prizes including a cell phone and other gifts so that they could keep in contact with their father.
 



GOOD LUCK TO MISS AMERICAN SAMOA ANNELIESE FA’AITUMALO SWORD

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Miss American Samoa 2014 Anneliese Fa’aitumalo Sword (right), along with Miss American Samoa Inc., president Meafou Imo (middle) and others made a courtesy call yesterday to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, before Miss Sword departs this afternoon for Samoa, the host country of this year’s 28th Miss South Pacific Pageant.
 



SENIORS PARTY DOWN AT TAOA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

photos: Joyetter Feagaimaalii-Luamanu, Ausage Fausia, B. Chen

American Samoa’s senior citizens joyfully took part in the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) Christmas Party yesterday, thanking the Lolo and Lemanu administration for making this year a very special one with entertainment by well-known Samoan comedians, “Pili and Ieremia” and the Three Blind Men band — Lumana’i Talailemotu, Eti Taua, and Talosaga Ofisa.
 



AMERICAN SAMOA, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WILL JOIN “WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA"

“Remember, Honor, Teach — Don’t Say I Should Have, Say I Did!”
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Friends and families of fallen soldiers in American Samoa will join the rest of the U.S. this Saturday to commemorate the national ‘Wreaths Across America Day’ — and lay a wreath on the grave site of a fallen soldier from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
 



FORU REP PRAISES TALAVALU RUGBY TEAM DURING WORKSHOP WITH ASRU

"I would like to acknowledge and compliment your coaches and players for their work”
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Last Thursday afternoon at the Goat Island Cafe (second floor of Sadie’s by the Sea Restaurant), the American Samoa Rugby Union president, as well as the union body which consists of representatives of the registered rugby clubs in American Samoa that are under the ASRU label – met with Bruce Cook of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU) to discuss the growth of the ASRU in the International Rugby Union (IRU) and FORU — as a team.
 



POLAMALU FOUNDATION DONATES JERSEYS TO TERRITORY'S HIGH SCHOOLS

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The Department of Youth and Woman’s Affairs was recently gifted with a donation of sports jerseys from the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation — under the Fa’a Samoa Initiative — to be used by American Samoa Department of Education High School athletic teams during their sports seasons.
 
According to the DYWA, the Foundation has designated DYWA as caretaker to maintain, sign-out and inventory these sports jerseys before and after each session of use, in order to prolong their life for the sports teams and the community.
 



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