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ASCC SGA presents Fall 2011 Student Club Awards

For the last major student event leading up to the current final examination week, the Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held its Club Awards ceremony on Friday, December 9.  The awards encompassed all of the SGA-sponsored activities throughout the semester, including Field Games, the ASCC IDOL singing competition, the ARRA song and poster contests to promote energy saving, and participation in the Miss ASCC Pageant.

“Student clubs play a very important role in campus life,” explained SGA President Dona Maifala. “We schedule activities every semester which give the clubs an opportunity to show their talents, including the Miss ASCC competition, where the clubs choose their candidate and collaborate on ways to support her. The enthusiasm that the clubs bring to these activities creates a lively social environment, and even when the competition gets intense, it’s always friendly. Without the clubs, none of these exciting activities could happen.” Active ASCC clubs this semester included Segaula, All Saints, Brotherhood, Humble Club, New Generation and New Tactics.

Based on a calculation of points earned in the various categories, the All Saints Club took the Overall Winner honors this semester, coming in at first place for both the ARRA song and ARRA poster competitions, as well as taking first place at the Halloween Showdown entertainment event. Humble Club came in close behind to take place second place overall, having earned the highest points at both the Club Rallies and the Field Games. Humble Club additionally boasts ASCC IDOL winner Johnny Kopelagi Fuimaono as one of its members, and further distinguished themselves by earning second place in the ARRA song contest. As if that weren’t enough, Humble Club members had the most papers which received an A grade.

New Generation won third place overall thanks to members Shane Chen taking the honors as the individual student with the most A papers this semester and Judy Su’a coming in second in the ASCC IDOL competition. Non-placing clubs who still received recognition included Brotherhood, of whom the new Miss ASCC Pearl Sheck is a member, New Tactics, and Segaula, who won third place in the ARRA song contest. The SGA also presented awards to ASCC administration and staff who have helped facilitate student activities this semester.

During her welcoming speech, ASCC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Kathleen Kolhoff-Belle shared her thoughts on the contributions the clubs make to student life at the College.  “Because ASCC isn't a residential college,” Dr. Kolhoff-Belle shared with the club and SGA members, “no one lives on campus and you are all active members of your own family, village and church. The clubs provide you with the opportunity to experience a new kind of membership in your college family.  As an extended circle of friends, you are part of a group that is active in college life and college leadership.  Our ASCC clubs are a vital part of the College's identity and I thank each of you for your participation, involvement and contributions.”

Dr. Kolhoff-Belle went on to note how the Energy Education Project provided the clubs with a focus for socially-conscious activities this semester. “I am impressed with your entries in the ARRA song competition to promote energy conservation, with your embracing of the recyclable wear for the Miss ASCC pageant, and with your enthusiasm and talents throughout the semester,” she said. The ASCC Vice President also commended the clubs for their contributions to the Miss ACC Pageant. “Your contestants were lovely and talented, the gowns and puletasis were fantastic, and the entertainment throughout the evening was great. Good work, everyone!”