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TAFUNA HIGH SCHOOL 2013 GRADUATES LARGEST CLASS IN THE TERRITORY

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ation ceremony yesterday morning. The commencement ceremony involved more than 300 Seniors, who bid farewell to the home of the Warriors. THS ceremony with story and photos, 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]

The Home of the Warriors was filled with families and friends yesterday morning, as they all came together to witness this year’s Tafuna High School 2013 graduating class of 313 seniors.
 
Director of the AS Department of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau approved and accepted all 313 graduates of Tafuna High School, with their commencement ceremony theme entitled, “Be Courageous and Do Good”.
 
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga offered special remarks to the graduating class — noting …”there might not be another day such as this day in your lives, this day is the day that …you have reached the age where you must make the right choices.”
 
He added, “this situation all depends on what you have learned throughout your years — not only in school, but in your churches and families and with all of those who have played a big part in your lives, to bring you here on this special day.”
 
Master of Ceremonies Principal Lentoy Matagi introduced the Keynote Speaker of the commencement ceremony, Father Kolio Etuale of the Leone Koluse Paia Parish. Father Etuale  entertained the graduating class with his humorous yet encouraging speech.
 
“…My dear friends, this is really your time— that’s why I disagree with people saying that you are the 'future' government of our country, they say you are the future church of our country, you are the future Samoa of our country. I disagree with that because— you know why? Because I believe that you are now the young government of our country, you are now the young church of our country, you are now the young Samoa of our country, be glad, and never forget that.”
 
Principal Matagi introduced the top five students of this year’s THS graduating class of 2013, with John Misiaita Ludgate tying with Sefilina Skelton be the two Co-Valedictorians, while three female students tied for Co-Salutatorian — Shardonae Nua, Avemaoe Galea’i, and Anna Iosefo.
 
The Florence Saulo Insurance 2012 - 2013 Community Scholarship Awards were awarded to Sefilina Skelton, Anna Elizabeth Iosefo, Miracle James Ma’ae, Allison Marie Fitisone, Grace Penani Taumotoi, Gavin Seumalo, Precious Patricia Brown, Lancelot Te’i, Avemaoe Galea’i, Shardonae Nua, Saleina Young, Fa’alua Fuimaono, Pearl Tuiasosopo, Keniseli Tupuola, Alai Alexander Faiai, and Dougneilia Ah Mai.
 
The Rotary Club’s 4 Way Test Award was given to Co-Valedictorian Sefilina Skelton.
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Award went to a member of the Tafuna High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), Cadet Colonel Miracle James Ma’ae.
 
The Future Scientist Award donated by the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) was awarded to Marcella Fitisone in the Area of Botany and Allison Fitisone in the Area of Zoology.
 
Marcella Fitisone is the first American Samoan student to win first prize in the category of Botany at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2013. She was the second place winner at this year’s Science Fair in the territory.
 
Her sister, Allison with Marcella took overall first place during the 2013 Island Wide History Day.
TAFUNA HIGH SCHOOL’S GRADUATING CLASS OF 2013
 
National Honor Society ––  *
Co-Valedictorian ––  (CV)
Co-Salutatorian –– (CS)
 
Aaron Leupolu
Ah Him Roy Su
Ahhao Taulolo *
Aifimalie Tuimaseve
Aisa Togiai Misipati
Alai Alexander Faiai *
Alapati Punaotala Tia’i
Aleck Larry Imo
Alexandria Alicia Sagaga
Alisa Dorothy Chadwick
Allison Marie Fitisone *
Alofa’aga Janet Mata'utia
Alofa’aga Makerita Manuma *
Alofamoni Renita Fuimaono
Alosio Tominiko Jr.
Amataupu Taufau Fa’aofo
Amelia Pafusi Ofa
Anastacia Fiailoa Ng Lam
Andrew Jesus Calizo *
Andy Tesimale Calizo *
Angeline Koleti Sufia *
Angeline Taiaopo J. Tupua
Anna Elizabeth T. Iosefo * (CS)
Anne Falahola Mendoza *
Anthony Vaivao
Aoto’a Nerisa Tufa
Ariel Agalelei Toluao *
Arliss Elena Siliaga
Asoono Tasesa
Atonio Amituana’i
Avavili Juliann Mariah Tasi *
Avemaoe Tauaveave J. Galea’i * (CS)
Babe-Sarah Aumua
Beatrice Stefania Masunu
Benhur Suki Su'a
Benjamin Mautonu Waterhouse
Bernadette Etuale
Bernice Toti Toluao
Brenda Meaatoa Tac-An *
Britania Lualua
Caleb Liu
Carol Maluafou *
Carter Jerrett Soliai Jr.
Cedrick Isaac Lei-Sam
Chanel Ulisese Ah Foon
Chardine Pei’u Iakopo
Cheryl Vao Palavi
Chris Kilisi Sagatu
Christina Fesili Filipo
Christina Pa’o Folasa Liu
Christina Seneuefa Moe
Chrystal Luisa Tuigamala *
Cleon Aloese Aloese
Copelan Sumral Scanlan
Cynthia Tu’ulaupua
Daniel Faitasi Fereti *
Dave Dolly Atia
Dave Setu Benjamin Auva’a
David Fa’asi’u Lemaota
David Falepapalangi
Doreen Line Faleapuna
Dorian Fa’atupumealelei Asifoa
Dorothy Meafou Sefo
Dougneilia F. Ah Mai
Edney Vena Umu
Eleanor Levinemoni Vaisagote
Elisaia Jovean Leaea
Elizabeth Evo Togise
Ellyn Ituau Leota
Emalaine Sayonara Lam Yuen *
Emmalyn Mavis Liva
Eseta Iemaima Lydia S. Leota *
Etuale Sulusi Satele
Fa’alua Evelyn Fuimaono *
Fa’amasani Kirisome J. Tupua
Fa’aolataga Siaulaiga
Fa’apopo Samoa Tovale
Fa’atautau Vaitai
Faitafa Iokapeta Tausili
Faleata Lisa Maugatai
Falenaoti Iakopo
Fanolua Fanolua Jr.
Faust Mamea *
Felila Rosalina Ching Ah Sam
Fia Aloiva’afulu Papali’i
Filifiliauro Brown
Filipo Sione Mataia
Finau Chadine Moananu
Fiti Tinou Fa’afetai
Fuafua Kathy Galeai
Fuamata Sharon Lago
Fuivai Sua
Gavin Sofa Seumalo *
George Lavasi Pelenato
Grace Penani Taumotoi *
Graig Alapati
Gwen Fuimaono
Hadassha Melanie N. Tofilau *
Helen-Jacinta Ruta Pelenatino
Hepuaonalani Kealii K. Sellers
Herman Jr. Peleti
Holly Fiu
Ianeta Sarah Fale
Ielu Laban Puletasi Acosta *
Iliganoa Migi
Ina Shekina Tupufia
Isaneja F. Tuigamala
Isopo Malaki Naea
I’uogafa Aisila *
Iyvalynn Va Ioane
James Cedric M. Cayanan *
Jandora Fiasili Lusia Vili
Jason Salvation Segi
Jeanne Penny Togiailua *
Jedidiah Talalelei Pepe
Jee Suk Angelynn Choe *
Jeff Pasi Ielome
Jeff Tupuola
Jeremiah Lam Yuen
Jerod Vaimagalo Peric
Job Joey Maluia
Joey Eveni Ameperosa
John Misiaita Ludgate (CV)
Johngear Kapeli
Joseph Ryan Telea
Josephine Louise Tait *
Joyce Foini Anetipa
Juliet Ana Tosoga
Junior Asotasi Mulipola
Junior Silva
Junior Uepa Loe
Justin Aoatoa Elama
Kalolo Lauama Lauama
Keiano La’avale Galo
Keniseli Mote Tupuola *
Kid Gaea Bartley
Kimberly Daisy Duterte
Kirsten Agapapalagi Asalele *
Kristopher Keith Stahlman *
Lagitila Tanielu Fanene
Lagisolia - Tulipa Kacey Savini
Lancelot Leutuutuofiti Te’i *
Lanceon Asaua Siona
Lauoi Siva *
Leata Telesia Jr. Te’o *
Leatiali’i Afoa
Levae Taunoa Loumaile Tapaatu
Lilo Michael Ali’iva’a
Lina Satau
Lise Christine Sagia *
Logan Saka So’oto
Logotaeao Christian Etelagi Jr. *
Luisa Filisi
Luluvita Taisau
Lyllian Kuuipo Isaako
Mahonirai Tuimaseve
Malo Ace Leulua’i
Maloagalelei Ta’ala
Malolefoua Feula
Manufanua Alaric Thomas *
Manuia Asofa Tupuono
Maotasa Evangeline Lui
Marcella Anne Fitisone *
Margaritta Manuialeolaga Viena
Marlene Luatutu
Maryann Anneversaree S. Ropati *
Maryjane Skelton
Marysita Peniaga Tava’e
Matalena Dean Fonoti
Matane Sefo
Matavai Lafo Siaosi
Matavale Vevesi Jr.
Mathew Sokimi
Maureen Miranda Fiatoa
Melefatialofa Josephine Nanai
Merry-Christmas Noel Seuseu *
Michael Malepeai
Milana Sei’a
Miracle James Lotonoamoni Ma’ae *
Miriama Muta
Misimoa Seemu Deion Pou
Misionare Castleton Eti *
Misipati Joshua Kalepo
Moira Karoline Lotupo-Moafanua *
Molipopo Tafa’i
Momoe Filiomanaia
Moses Pele Tui
Mt. Carmel Apineru Vaueli
Musu Lolo
Naomi Stella Asopaolo
Naseri Naseri Lemoa
Neddy Tetchi Sanchez
New Year Faleniu Niue
Nicklaus Sione Tuigamala
Nicole Fa’aeteete Foots
Nouata So’onalole Malae
Opeta Tailo Mekuli
Orepa Linda-Ann Paaga *
Pati Atonio Pati
Patiola Maletino
Patrick Fialelei
Pa’u Aumale
Paul Taylor Afi’a
Pauline Saitofi Gray
Paulo O.J. Paulo
Pearl Mele-Ane Tuiasosopo *
Peniamina Su’a
Penina Feagaimaalii
Pesefea Tuigamala Jr.
Pete Desciple Tanielu
Philip Emele Faualo
Phoebe Leilani Fanene *
Pinky Futi
Poamo Ioane Poamo
Pouliofata Line Faifeau
Precious Patricia Brown
Prince Daniel Grey
Pryce Tiu Tuiasosopo
Pueki Lolesio
Pule Pule Gagau Jr. *
Punefuolemotu Meko Letuli
Rasela Domina Williams *
Ratana Lynn Taito
Ravel Dave Puni
Regina Seira Live *
Rommel Marino Fenis *
Rose Moalele
Roseann Tise Fa’agu
Roxazanne Sina Vailolo
Ryan Paaga
Salaigaoloa Elizabeth Puailoa
Salamasina Kepa Motuliki
Saleina Young
Salvation Victory Valaau
Sam Samasoni Luaiva
Samuelu Amosa Ulu
Samuelu Molesi Lavea’i
Selefina Skelton * (CV)
Senio Jr. Senio
Serafina Fofoga Masunu
Setu Jordan Smith
Shane Letu’u D. Ah Ping *
Shane Semi Meredith
Shardonae Sassy Leafa Nua * (CS)
Shawn Nicholas Leota *
Shawndouglas Ietitaia Vitale
Sherron Amato Talaifaga
Sherry Krystina Satele *
Shiunn-Yu Huang
Siatutoga Liilieni Tuialu’ulu’u
Siave Duffy
Sieli Marlina Mendoza
Sileiloa Ese
Simon S. Tuese
Siupu Tanielu
Soffy Malua Taua’i
Soloi Sylvia Tagaloa *
Sonny Mahonri Aiono
So’o Mariafa’amoemoe Soloa
So’oletala Lasela F. Talataina
Sosefina Josephine Suiaunoa
Sosefina Lama
Steven Safotu
Suasogi Samoa Fanene
Suitupu Seva’aetasi Jr. III
Susie Tinoisamoa
Tafoe Chung Fu Tsai
Talaave Luaiva Lama
Talifiafia T. Tasi
Talileleia Ifoitaua Tasi *
Talofa Roy Iuta
Tamafa’atui Tyman Uiagalelei *
Tamarinna Bobbie Vollrath *
Tamianna Andria Vollrath *
Taua Tuumalo Jr.
Tautala Kaleopa
Tavini Meavao
Tereise Danielle Sunia
Tereise Felegakeke Saili *
Theo Isadore Tuiolosega
Thurshill Tipeni Saelua Jr.
Tia Turn Sione
Timaima Tauga Vakaloloma
Timaio Matati’a
To’alo Utumalamalemele H. Tuia
Togafau Jr. Sialo’i
Tomiko Olepa Kamiji
Tony Faatau Kome
Torise Mataia
Travis Bigboy William Pavihi
Tuileala Genghis Khan Mataia
Tu’ipala Raymond Leilua
Tumema Kona
Tyler Fereti Fao
Uilama Ioane Jr.
Umu Fereti
Upolugaluvao Alolu
Upulasi Maua’i
Vaega Levi Lolohea
Vaiao Chris Tiatia
Vainuupo David Jungblut
Vaimagalo Junior Faatoafe
Valentine Aloaiamoa Leifi
Verona Julia Oloapu
Veronica Lealasola *
Viane Primo Soonalole
Viavia Lei Alainu'uese
Viliamu Mapu
Virginia Senara Pitoa’e
Vivian So’onafai Saako
Walter Palota Fa’apoi *
Walter Taivasa Tauali’i
Yvonne Tapaatu
 

Co-Valedictorian for Tafuna High School’s Class of 2013 John Misiaita Ludgate. [photo: TG]
Co-Valedictorian for the Home of the Mighty Warriors Class of 2013, Selefina Skelton. [photo: TG]
The three Co-Salutatorians for Tafuna High School’s graduating class of 2013, (from left to right) Shardonae Sassy Leafa Nua, Anna Elizabeth T. Iosefo, and Avemaie Tauaveave J. Galea’i. [photo: TG]
Co-Valedictorian John Misiaita Ludgate with his parents Taua and John Ludgate at the Baccalaureate service. [courtesy photo]


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