Local JSA’s enjoy opportunity in DC

Demelio Tua and Uila Lefiti are pictured with their chaperone Tapuitea McMullin and Director of the DOI’s Office of Insular Affairs Nikolao Pula in Washington DC, where Tua and Lefiti are participating in the JSA Winter Congress 2014. [courtesy photo]

Demelio Tua and Uila Lefiti, the two local students representing American Samoa in the Junior Statesmen of America’s Winter Congress in Washington DC arrived safely in the nation’s capital with their chaperone Tapuitea McMullin this past Wednesday.
The Winter Congress is a three-day event that concludes tomorrow.
In an email to Samoa News from McMullin Friday, Samoa News learned they have joined other island delegations on visits to the Newseum, the Office of Insular Affairs (where they met with OIA Director Nikolao Pula), the White House grounds, Capitol Hill, and the National Archives.
They will also be stopping by to visit Congressman Faleomavaega’s Office.
According to the Junior Statesmen Foundation, Congress 2014 “offers high school students the unique opportunity to learn more about our nation’s legislative process by emulating it themselves.”
Participants will write the bills, cast the votes, and make the laws. It is a student-run simulation of what happens in the Nation’s Capitol.
Tua and Lefiti are fortunate to attend the program through scholarships provided by the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, which covers everything from travel expenses, accommodations and registration fees, to meal stipends.
Tua is a sophomore at Kanana Fou High School and Lefiti is a sophomore at Samoana High School.
McMullin is the assistant to the DOI’s Office of Insular Affairs’ field representative.
The trio is set to return to the territory next week.


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