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Manu Bears team
O se va'aiga i le to'atele o aloali'i o Samoa na lua o lo'o alaala tumau ma galulue i Anchorage Alaska, ae ua avea ma aufili fa'apitoa o le Lakapi 7s lea na tulaga lua i le sailiga siamupini a le Setete o Alaska i le aso To'ona'i na te'a nei. [ata: foa'i]
Soreta Felise showing her teaching resources she makes by hand
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Soreta Felise spends countless hours gluing printed out Samoan words over the original English text of children's books. It's in her own time, but the bilingual Samoan teacher at south Auckland's Finlayson Park School says "I just have to" because there aren't enough...
Deacon Andy Andrew Wilson
Deacon Andy Andrew Wilson graduated with a Master of Divinity from Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon on Saturday, May 11,2019.  Wilson is from the villages of Nuuuli and Fagaalu. and is a graduate of Tafuna HS, Class of 1988. [photo: courtesy] 
Ma'a Gaoteote
The Polynesian Bowl has announced their fourth selection to the 2021 Polynesian Bowl, to be held in January 2021 in Honolulu. Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy linebacker Ma'a Gaoteote has been invited to, and accepted, an invitation to the 2021 Polynesian Bowl. "Being selected to play in the Polynesian...
Petoskey, MICHIGAN —  A former student of American Samoa’s private educational system is doing very well academically in Petoskey, Michigan.  Punipuao Vitolio moved with her parents, Nafanua Jennifer Joneson, an attorney, and Falaniko Vitolio, a journalist in 2013 when she was seven years old and...
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smiling with inset of his sholder tattoo
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA — Over the years, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has expanded his body art. Initially, when he debuted as a professional wrestler in WWE in 1996, Dwayne Johnson wore a Brahma Bull tattoo on his right arm. As the years progressed, the evolution of the bull developed into a new...
Angellica Segi Titialii Street getting ready to throw the javelin
Columbia Falls, MONTAN — Her hometown newspaper calls her “The Natural”.  This daughter and granddaughter of American Samoa picked up a javelin and almost overnight became one of the top throwers in Montana; now she’s the top-ranked junior in America and still only scratching the surface of her...
Group photo of teachers in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NEVADA — Local educators, including members of the Professional Learning Community Coordinating Team (PLCCT) are currently in Las Vegas, NV for a 3-day conference that ends today. In no particular order: Lizzie Sauni Malietoa (Aua Elementary); principal Meleisea - (Lupelele Elementary);...
Falopolima Aviu, Jocelyn Alo, and Keilani Ricketts
Norman, OKLAHOMA — The last week of April, the Oklahoma softball team traveled north for a three-game series against Iowa State. While they were there, Iowa State assistant volleyball coach Fiona Fonoti, who is of Samoan descent, made it a point to introduce herself to OU senior Falepolima Aviu,...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Samoa PM Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegao
Before returning home to American Samoa, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Samoa PM Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi say farewells and thank you, as 57th Independence Day celebrations come to an end. Amata congratulated the people of Samoa and highlighted their continued friendship with American Samoa...

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