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U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE May 5, 1999


Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he had a wonderful visit with Ivy V. Aiumu- Taufaasau, a daughter of American Samoa who is attending contracting school in Washington, D.C. as part of her job with the Department of the Navy.

Mrs. Taufaasau is a GS-11, Contract Specialist with the Regional Contracts Department of the Navy in San Diego, California. She is a graduate of Samoana High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

Asked what her advice is to the young people of Samoa, Mrs. Taufaasau said, "You have to set yourself a goal. And in that process is furthering your education. You can never go wrong with a college education. The Samoan young men and women should pursue every opportunity to further their education, not just by joining the Armed Forces, but also by enrolling in different colleges all over the United States."

"Ivy is a classic example of where opportunities are given to Samoan women who are college graduates and they excel and become excellent role models for our Samoan youth who aspire to complete a college education and become successful professionals in their community," said Faleomavaega.

Mrs. Taufaasau is no stranger to the nation's capital. She was a Congressional Liaison Assistant in the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1981. She returned to American Samoa and worked in the Office of Territorial Emergency Management from 1981 to 1985 before she moved to Hawai‘i and then to California where she now works and resides with her family.

Ivy is the daughter of High Talking Chief Tuaolo Lemoe Aiumu of the village of Pago Pago. She is married to Patrick M. Taufaasau also of Pago Pago and they have five children, Adrian, Patrick, Jeffrey, Uisaina and Vitorina.

"Ivy exemplifies the best tradition of Samoan families, and parents who care and love their children," concluded Faleomavaega.

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