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FAGAITUA GRADUATES 137: FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO PREPARE TODAY

tony@samoanews.com
Fagaitua High School’s Class of 2013 flashing their “V” Vikings signs during their commencement ceremony held at the school gymnasium last week. There were 137 graduates from the Home of the Vikings. Coverage brought to you by Coca-Cola and Powerade, distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. ‘Oloa O Leala’, Your Family of Fine Beverages. [photo: TG]

Last Thursday morning on the Eastern side of the island, the Commencement Ceremony for Fagaitua High School took place, with the graduation theme, “The Future Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It Today”. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga was present during the ceremony, and encouraged the Viking graduates, saying that the theme for their ceremony is very true and no doubt a very inspiring one.
 
Master of Ceremonies Vice Principal Sua’ese 'Pooch' Ta’ase presented Fagaitua High School’s graduating class of 2013 to the Director of the Department of Education Dr. Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin Finau, who accepted and confirmed all 137 graduates.
 
Senior class counselor Jemima T. Nafatali introduced the two top students of Fagaitua High School this year, and taking Valedictorian for the class of 2013 was Eleni Fanene. Named this year’s Vikings class of 2013 Salutatorian was Sarona To’alepai.
 
Fagaitua High School Scholarship Recipients were Valedictorian Fanene, Salutatorian To’alepai, and Drewan Lemafa.
 
Collecting this year’s Florence Saulo & Associates Insurance Company Scholarships were Eleni Fanene, Sarona To’alepai, Mellody Parungo, and Lauivaa Chanel Tavai. Tavai was also accepted to Wentworth Military Academy on a full-ride Scholarship.
 
Former Vikings Football star Vincent Simanu, who played on the Amerika Samoa All Star Football Team has been accepted to St. Mary's University on a Football Scholarship.
 
Football sensation for the Vikings “Iron Man” Howard Tautu has also been accepted on a football scholarship, to join Snow College in Utah. Tautu was also one of players in the Amerika Samoa All Star Football Team that played in Austin, Texas last year for the Under 19 World Cup of Football.
 
Awarded with the highest SAT score of 1,500+ were Eleni Fanene, Mellody Parungo, and Patrick Wang, and their awards were donated by Representative Talaimatai Elisara Su’a.
 
The Rotary Club’s 4 Way Test Award was given to the Fagaitua High School class Valedictorian Fanene.
 
The Athlete of the Year awards were donated by Representative Fatulegae’e Mauga, and the first was awarded to Gauula Moemoe, a volleyball star for the Vikings and also a member of the American Samoa All Star Volleyball Team. Moemoe took the award for Female Athlete of the Year.
 
Taking this year's Male Athlete of the Year was Elleryquinn Hisatake, who has been a football sensation for the Vikings since his freshmen year. Hisatake was also a part of the Amerika Samoa All Star Football Team.
 
The National Honor Society Congressional Awards were awarded to Valedictorian Fanene, Salutatorian To’alepai, Lauiva’a Tavai, Mellody Parungo, Rosalena Aab, Venessa Faasua, Drewan Lemafa, Sitivi Sitafine, Miracle Taiese, Faaninimo Lavata’i, Easter Lagitao, Avemaoe Liaiga, and Faye Lealasola.
 
Enlisted Viking soldiers who have already sworn into the United States Army were PFC. Mola Tagaloa, PFC. Gabriel Olo, PFC. Faye Lealasola, PFC. Reinelda Ieremia, PFC. Talita Liu, PFC. Miracle Taiese, PFC. Masua Tupa’i, PFC Gordon Luafulu, and PFC. Patrick Wang, who will be joining the United States Marine Corps.
 
FAGAITUA HIGH SCHOOL’S GRADUATING CLASS OF 2013
 
Valedictorian  +
Salutatorian  ~
NHS *
Honor !
 
1. Aab, Rosalena * !
2. Aeau, Toe !
3. Ah Fook, Nefetari
4. Alo, David !
5. Amituana’i, Peneueta
6. Ape, Simba
7. Asi, Friedrich
8. Atisano’e, Sionefanua
9. Auva’a, Pauline !
10. Berondo, Ruffy
11. Brown, Junior
12. Brown, Perefoti
13. Burgess, Eddie
14. Ese, Arona
15. Esekia, Leutu
16. Faasua, Vennessa
17. Faasoa, Ave
18. Faauila, Tusipepa !
19. Faiilagi, Moana !
20. Faiumu, Simeaola
21. Faiva, Metanoia !
22. Fanene, Eleni + * !
23. Farani, Maranda !
24. Fealofa’i, Eti
25. Fernandez, Arlyn !
26. Fesuluai, Taufoai !
27. Fotu, Kolona !
28. Gasio, Prince
29. Gilbert, Victor Tyrell
30. Gutu, Valo !
31. Hisatake, Elleryquinn !
32. I’uvale, Elisala
33. Ianu, Tiresa
34. Ieremia, Reinelda !
35. Ieremia, Telesia !
36. Ioramo, Florida !
37. Iosua, D’marro
38. Iosua, Marcus !
39. Jennings, Nelson !
40. Johnson, Emily !
41. Johnson, Christine
42. Kitiona, Kitiona Jr.
43. Konelio, Uesili
44. Lafaele, Sione
45. Lagolago, AJ
46. Latu, Sione
47. Laufafaitoga, Michelle !
48.Lavata’i, Faaninimo * !
49. Lealasola, Faye * !
50. Lemafa, Drewan * !
51. Leupolu, Fesuiai
52. Liaiga, Avemaoe * !
53. Liu, Talita !
54. Luafulu, Gordon !
55. Luaifoa, Sharon
56. Mahelona, Loi
57. Mailo, Asema Jr. !
58. Manuleleua, Sapini
59. Masau, Selau
60. Mataitusi, Ramota
61. Maui’a, Fonotele
62. Mavaega, Anetioka
63. Misiaita, Fuatai
64. Moana, Shalom Ruta !
65. Moemoe, Gauula !
66. Muipu, Matamatafua !
67. Muliau, Viliamu
68. Nglam, Fa’i
69. Olo, Gabriel Joseph !
70. Pa’u, Thomas
71. Pan, Pelasio !
72. Papalii, Logomalu !
73. Parungo, Mellody * !
74. Paulo-Aleli, Fa’atuvale
75. Peleuila, Lemapu !
76. Penalosa, Felicito
77. Peni, Tuvalu !
78. Pua, Solomona
79. Pulou, Faye
80. Pulu, Larson !
81. Ripley, Brandon
82. Salanoa, Belmira !
83. Samiu, Sigago !
84. Sapati, Tulua
85. Sauni, Afaese
86. Savaii, Utumalama
87. Schwenke, Palolo
88. Sele, Jordan
89. Silila, Amanda !
90. Silva, James
91. Simanu, Vincent !
92. Sitafine, Sitivi * !
93. Sofeni, Rachel
94. Sou, Bill !
95. Spitzenburg, Visesio
96. Su’a, Aloese
97. Sua, Lise !
98. Ta’ala, Lomitusi !
99. Taavili, Penitito
100. Tafua, Galuega
101. Tagaloa, Mola !
 102. Tagoa’i, Alefa !
103. Tagoa’i, Omeka !
104. Taiese, Miracle * !
105. Taisau, Meilan
106. Talamoni, June !
107. Tauai, Majesty !
108. Tauese, Anna
109.Taumaivale, Kimberly
110. Tausaga, Sieni
111. Tautu, Howard
112. Tavai, Lauivaa * !
113. Tialu, Nafanua
114. Tinoga, Tinoga
115. Tita’e, Easter Lagitao * !
116. Tiumalu, Tulifau Abraham
117. Tiumalu, Marilyn Talofa
118. To’alepai Sarona ~* !
199. To’omalatai, Siraratoga
120. Togia, Allan Dean
121. Tuatoo, Gregory !
122. Tuia, Sonny
123. Tuiafono, Lagolau !
124. Tuilefano, Tataunati
125. Tupa’i, Masua
126. Tupuola, Jay
127. Ula, Tafu
128. Unutoa, Sarafina
129. Upuese, Sioka
130. Utu, Wallace
131. Vaimaona, Arieta !
132. Vaimoe, Pulou
133. Vaiula, Clyne
134. Wang, Patrick !
135. Wells, Petaia !
136. Wichilmong, Phil Jones !
137. Yandall, Benjamin

The two top students for Fagaitua High School’s Class of 2013: Valedictorian Eleni Fanene (right) and Salutatorian Sarona To’alepai (left) during the FHS commencement ceremony held last Thursday morning at the school. [photo: TG]
A look at some of the Viking young men as they were presented to the Director of the Department of Education Director Dr. Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin Finau for acceptance and confirmation of this year’s FHS graduating class of 2013. [photo: TG]
Elleryquinn Hisatake receiving his diploma during the Vikings’ graduation ceremony held last Thursday at the school’s gymnasium. Hisatake was one of the Vikings hardest hitting football players, and is a former Amerika Samoa Football All Star player. He has been accepted to the National Society of High School Scholars and was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year Award. [photo: TG]


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