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VOLUNTEERS, ATHLETES STEP IN TO FILL THE GAP AFTER SPORTS FUNDING CUT

Funding levels for summer sports cut to new lows
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Despite funding cuts for youth sports and recreation in the territory for the summer months, programs and activities are still moving forward as planned, thanks to the efforts of dedicated coaches, trainers, volunteers, and mentors.
 
One of the driving forces behind the sports programs is the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), responsible for making various sports activities possible for the territory’s youth during the summer months.
 



160 BAGS OF LITTER REMOVED FROM PALA LAGOON AREA

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Littering is a problem that ravages the planet, and affects the natural world and wildlife, as well as the human population. No community, whether on land or in the sea, is immune from its destructive and unsightly effects.
 
Here in American Samoa, we have numerous projects, outreach events, awareness movements and clean up days in order to keep our island beautiful. One of those events was held recently: the American Samoa National Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Commission’s summer Pala Lagoon cleanup, which began last Friday.
 



FOUR GRADS AWARDED BLUESKY “FUTURE OF AMERICAN SAMOA” SCHOLARSHIP

Bluesky continues its scholarship program — in its 2nd year
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Three high school graduates, along with one graduate of the American Samoa Community College, were nominated as recipients of the 2nd Annual Bluesky “Future of American Samoa” Scholarship – and the qualified students will receive $3,500 each academic year for four years, a total of $14,000 to go toward their bachelors degrees. They must maintain the standard academic criteria each year.

 



WINNING RECIPE EARNS AMELIE CHEN TRIP TO KIDS STATE DINNER IN WASHINGTON DC

One of 56 young chefs to win Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
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Nine-year-old Amelie Chen of American Samoa will be traveling to Washington DC next month to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on July 14.
 
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is one that every kid — and adult — dreams of.
 
Chen is one of 56 winning chefs of the 5th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, who were selected to serve as healthy food ambassadors for their state or territory.
 



1200 MYNA BIRDS TRAPPED; 20% OF TUTUILA VILLAGES ENGAGED IN THE HUNT

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According to data collected by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), “Myna and Bulbul Control Campaign”, last month, the more than 1,200 birds that were removed by the network of trappers were from the villages of Tafuna, Pago Pago, Iliili, Nuuuli, Auto, Faleniu, Afao, Futiga, Pava’ia’i, Taputimu, Utumea East, Aoloau, and Leone.
 



GOVERNOR AND CABINET SALUTE OUR 12TH FESTIVAL OF THE PACIFIC ARTS TROOP

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga publicly thanked, while his cabinet members loudly applauded the Fa’asao Marist High School students dance group which represented American Samoa at the 12th Festival of the Pacific Arts, during Friday’s cabinet meeting, that included deputy directors, and other ASG senior officials.

 

And the dance group showcased three dance numbers that they performed at the Festival last month in Guam towards the end of the cabinet meeting, held at the Pago Pago Village Youth Center.

 



MORE SUMMER ACTIVITIES: SANCTUARY SCIENCE IN THE VILLAGE

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WITH PHOTO
 
NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) is doing it again, offering the Sanctuary Summer Science in the Village (SSSV) program for local youth who want to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the marine environment.
 
This year, the program is being hosted in different villages, particularly those located nearest the Sanctuary sites.
 



MANU SAMOA MEETS FIJI

Namulau’ulu Alama Ieremia has named his Manu Samoa team for their clash against Fiji in Suva on Saturday (Friday in Pago Pago) AT 3 P.M. The Coach has emphasized experience and fitness in naming his top 15-man squad.
 
Long serving first five Tusiapta Pisi will play and will also serve as goal kicker. Popular player, Alafoti Faosiliva has been moved from the flanker position he played in against Georgia last week to the #8 slot.  Fa'atoina Autagavaia will slide into the wing position instead of fullback.  
 



SOUTH PACIFIC ACADEMY GRADUATES ARE ‘COURAGEOUS’ DOLPHINS

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‘Courageous’. That is the one word South Pacific Academy acting principal Kathy Fitisone used to describe the nineteen seniors who graduated from South Pacific Academy this past Saturday, during the territory’s final commencement exercise of this year’s graduation season.

 



“SUCCESS IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION” SAY FAASAO MARIST GRADS

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Sixty-seven Cougars and Crusaders bid farewell to their teachers and underclassmen last Saturday, following Fa’asao Marist High School’s commencement exercise held at the Fatuoaiga Hall, in Ottoville- Tafuna.

 

The graduates looked spiffy, dressed in their blue and gold school colors, hugging and taking last minute photos before the ceremony began.

 

There were lots of tears and laughter as the 67 graduates took their last walk together as a class, heading to their seats as parents, family members and friends looked on with pride.



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