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BEST OF THE BEST: ASCC SPRING 2016 COMMENCEMENT GRADUATES 100+

tony@samoanews.com

Last Friday morning, the American Samoa Community College held its 64th Commencement Ceremony for the Spring Class Semester of 2016. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga offered special remarks congratulating the graduating class and saying their job is now “to nurture and expand the knowledge and talents given to you.”

 

 The Best of the Best is sponsored by Bluesky Communications with photo pages  Congratulation Graduates sponsored by Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Carl’s Jr..

Speaking before a crowd that included ASCC and Department of Education officials, Governor Lolo told the graduates, "…your journey is not even halfway through. The choices you make on the paths you take will never be easy. Even some of the smartest people in the world will admit that the journey is not easy. There are three important values to keep in mind while on a journey, the first thing you should understand before any journey, is your destination. Secondly, you have to know and understand the path you’re taking to reach your destination. Lastly, you have to be prepared and ready for your journey.”

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga giving confirmation to the American Samoa Community College ROTC Color Guards — for the posting of colors at the beginning of the commencement ceremony for the ASCC graduating class of 2016 held last Friday morning at the school’s gymnasium. Over a hundred graduates received their degrees  in Associate Arts, Certificates of Proficiency, Associate [photo TG]

 

The Commencement Speaker for the event was Dr. Robin Faumuina-Vasai, a noted local physician and an ASCC alumnus. She is currently a Practicing Physician with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Tafuna. She also teaches as an Adjunct Faculty at ASCC with a special focus on the Public Health Courses for the Certificate of Public Health.

 

In addition, she is a non-compensated Assistant Clinical Faculty Member with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health with the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii-Manoa. Dr. Faumuina-Vasai also serves as an active board member of the American Samoa Area Health Education Center, she is certified by the US Department of Health And Human Services for Hansen’s/Leprosy Disease, and she is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

 

Faumuina-Vasai said she is living proof that anyone can survive the hard competitive world out there, as she sang, "I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it, I'm a survivor, keep on surviving" – a song by Destiny's Child. She continued, "I'm here as proof that ASCC is worth it! I am here as proof that the American Samoa Education System works, and that all our teachers should be applauded and recognized for their hard work".

 

She said, "Ladies and gentlemen to know your self-worth, you need to know you first. Build your story, build your resume – because you are actually building your self-worth and although there might not be a dollar amount next to your name based on your resume, just know that your overall self-worth is priceless. Stay humble. Keep trying, keep working hard because your worth it."

 

Faumuina-Vasai encouraged the graduates to "ignore your thoughts of doubts, because in order for me to continue reach and actually succeeding in the highest professional degree, I've ignored thoughts of doubt, I ignored all situations of doubts – even people that had hints of doubts towards me, because I knew, that my purpose in life, was positive."

Dr. Robin Faumuina-Vasai delivering her commencement speech to the graduating class of 2016 from the American Samoa Community College, during the college’s 64th commencement ceremony. The graduation was held at the school’s gymnasium last Friday morning. Dr. Faumuina-Vasai is a noted local physician and ASCC alumnus. She spoke of ignoring “your thoughts of doubt” and “know your self-worth” which is priceless in achieving the positive in one’s life. [photo: TG]

 

She added, “My dear friends I cannot emphasize enough the point of really knowing who you are – no social media, no person, and no situation is in control of your success but you, so ignore and avoid doubts – because all these negative impacts are not a part of your support system, they are not in support of you!"

 

Faumuina-Vasai emphasized having a Co-Pilot, or a strong and stable support system, referring to family and the Lord Jesus Christ – this is one of the main foundations to success "my main co-pilot is the Lord Jesus Christ, this woman is a God fearing woman" referring to herself, she concluded "know that without him, nothing is attainable. I can attest and confirm that – O le mata'u i Le Atua, o le amataga moni lava lea o le poto, and it is so true."

 

The Presentation of Graduates was by the Dean of Teacher Education Lina Scanlan, and the Dean of Academic Affairs Letupu Tauanu'u-Moananu. Accepting the graduating class of 2016 from the American Samoa Community College was the Chairman of the Board of Higher Education, Rev. Dr. Leanavaotaua Sekuini Seva'aetasi.

 

AMERICAN SAMOA COMMUNITY COLLEGE — CLASS OF 2016 GRADUATION LIST

 

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS – LIBERAL ARTS

  1. Afualo, DeJalin Talimalelagi
  2. AhFutu, Anasthesia Avataeao *M
  3. AhSam, Fa'avela Trianna
  4. Ale, Rore-Tina Suluama
  5. Anoa'i, To'atasi Tyra
  6. Apa, Nazarene Vitolina-Latafale
  7. Applin, Dezmond Kiona
  8. Asotau, Jocco Ricky
  9. Brown, Princess
  10. Curry, MichaelJames V.
  11. Fa'apoi, Fa'apoi
  12. Fa'apoi, Walter
  13. Fa'atu'uala, Marieta T.
  14. Fesulua'i, Taufoa'i Melene'e
  15. Hirata, Iris Midori *
  16. Huang, Shiunn-Yu Nick
  17. Iafeta, Tepora Filiali'i
  18. Iosefo, Kimberly Michelleen Paese       *C
  19. Iuliano, Pauline B
  20. Jin, MeiLing
  21. Lam Yuen, Emalaine Sayonara
  22. Langkilde, Denitra S.
  23. Levaula, Ace D *
  24. Logoi, Marlynn
  25. Luani, Tanumaleu Zackery
  26. Maifea, Stephen B.
  27. Malauulu, Deborah Gabrielle
  28. Maloa, Timothy
  29. Manuma, Alofaaga Makerita
  30. Mao, Iosefa
  31. Mase, Raveen
  32. Moemoe, Gauula Faliu
  33. Mofolo, Dorothy-Jasmine Eline
  34. Ofisa, Suitonu Anthony
  35. Olo, Lologa *
  36. Patu, Simeamai Julia
  37. Prescott, Shalina S.
  38. Pu'e, John Junior
  39. Sala, Maria Talila
  40. Saleutogi, Ana Afu
  41. Samatua, Devine-Love K.
  42. Samuelu, Gary F.
  43. Scanlan, Shanique Fetalai
  44. Seto, Kalameli F.
  45. Seuseu, Merry-Christmas Noel
  46. Siatunu'u, Dorothy Fiatele*
  47. Similai, Velma Ruta
  48. Solaita, Lei Anthony
  49. Tali, Tuliloa Linda
  50. Tarrant, Christian Tautalaitaua
  51. Tofilau, Hadassha Melania Nofoato'o *S
  52. Tuigamala, Tabitha Tilafaiga  *C
  53. Tuiolosega, Anthony Tiedmann *M
  54. Utai, Charmayne Patupatu Jadelyn *C
  55. Vaisagote, Falemalama
  56. Young, Pemila Kevin

 

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS – EDUCATION

  1. Meavale, Foai Naomi

 

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE – EMPHASIS IN PRE-LAW

  1. Olo, Lologa*
  2. Siatunu'u, Dorothy Fiatele

 

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY – ADVANCE AUTOMOTIVE TECH

  1. Availepule, Taulelei Pago Pago
  2. Solaita, Timoteo Sakaria

 

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY – BASIC AUTOMOTIVE TECH

  1. Asalele, Ashley William
  2. Solaita, Timoteo Sakaria

 

CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY – PRACTICAL NURSING

  1. Atafua, Temukisa April
  2. Cokanasiga, Clarice
  3. Fano-Fesuluai, Katie Josephine Faaui
  4. Hirata, Iris Midori *
  5. I'atala, Shantel Marie
  6. Iosia Fenumiai Alofa
  7. Pese, Toaono Netty
  8. Polu-Fano, Lorraine Kirsten
  9. Roque, Ronald C.
  10. Tagoai, Veronika
  11. Togia'i, Belinda Aulava

 

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE W/ AN EMPHASIS IN VISUAL ARTS

  1. Siona, Liomata Angel

 

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE – ACCOUNTING

  1. AhSam, Sione
  2. Crichton, Paul Camacho *
  3. Leatigaga, Jacqueline Edith *
  4. Lemafa, Drewan Christine
  5. Seumalo, Gavin Sofa *M
  6. Tuiolosega, Anthony Tiedamann *M
  7. Tupua, Tapumanaia Jericho

 

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE – ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING

  1. Tuiolosega, Anthony Tiedemann *M

 

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE – BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  1. Crichton, Paul Camacho *
  2. Gogo, Sonny F.
  3. Leatigaga, Jacqueline Edith *
  4. Letuli, Heavenly Maurellan
  5. Moananu, Finau C.
  6. Sio, Aneta Sisitui
  7. Tagaloa, Sirarotoga Trina
  8. Tarrant, Michaela Fa'alasia
  9. Vine, Irae O.
  10. Wang, Jiaying *M

 

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE – CRIMINAL JUSTICE

  1. Asiata, Herenee L.
  2. Fairholt, Salafa'aniusila
  3. Foma'i, Tavake Nikolao
  4. Fa'afua, Su'e
  5. Fuavai, Shevon S.
  6. Hisatake, Allenson Tamaalemalo
  7. Lafaele, Liu Lino
  8. Logoleo, TJ F.
  9. Love, Thelma Rosary Tagiilagi
  10. McFall, Wesley Alex
  11. Ofoia, Peter E.
  12. Pabon, Maurice C.
  13. Papu, Jesmond
  14. Pila, Clarence W.
  15. Saili Toetu Jr.
  16. Schuster, Tomasi Ben C

 

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE – GENERAL AGRICULTURE

  1. Atonio, Evelyn Celemenna *M
  2. Noa, Saumolia Marena *C