FIRST SAMOAN TO ATTEND

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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE May 16, 2000

U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega announced today that Mr. Niclaus Edgar Taula'i has accepted an appointment to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, for the class entering the Academy on July 7, 2000.

Faleomavaega said, "Receiving an appointment to any of the service academies is a much sought after honor and meeting the academic and physical standards set forth by the academies is no easy task. I give a lot of credit to Niclaus, his teachers, and especially to his parents."

Upon graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy, which has an approximate scholarship value of $130,000 for four years, Taula'i will receive an appointment as an ensign in the U.S. Merchant Marine and a Bachelor's degree to begin his career.

Faleomavaega concluded by saying, "I am very happy for Niclaus and his family, and I have no doubt that he possess the necessary qualities needed to succeed at the Academy."

Niclaus, a Senior at Robert G. Cole Junior-Senior High School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the son of Master Sergeant Maturo and Debbie Taula'i of Fitiuta, Manu'a.

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