Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Six FSM High School Students Selected for 1997 DOI Junior Statesmen Summer School

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): June 5, 1997 - FSM President Jacob Nena, on May 22, informed the four State Governor that six students from the FSM have been accepted and were given scholarships from the Department of Interior Junior Statesmen Summer Program to attend the one month summer session at selected United States mainland Universities.

The recipients are the following: from the State of Pohnpei are Dahlia Aldover Johnson from the Calvery Christian Academy who will attend summer session at Yale University, and Fred Olter from Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade School who will attend summer sessions at Northwestern University.

From the State of Chuuk are Curtis P. Graham and Joanne Nakamura from Xavier High School. They will attend summer sessions at Stanford University like the two selected from Kosrae and Yap States.

From Kosrae High School is Virginia K. Olter and Yap High School is Christina G.K. Filmed. These six students are on scholarships and will not be required to pay anything.

There are others who have been accepted to attend the program but have to find their own financial supports.

Department of Interior Junior Statesmen Summer School is a program which grants full scholarships to selected High School students to attend summer sessions at prestigious universities in the United States.

Karen Pressor, Director of the Program, visited the FSM during the month of March this year. She met with education officials and high school students, explained the program and to recruit students for the 1997 summer program.

After her return home, the Foundation selected the above named students, who are scheduled to leave their home states at the end of June and return at the end of July, according to Yasko Mendiola at the FSM Department of Education.

Mendioa stated further that FSM high school students will be given opportunities to apply for 1998 DOI Junior Statesmen Summer School Program.

President Nena requested in his letter that each State Governor relay his congratulations to the student and their parents as well as the school they attend.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356