Home of the Wildcats graduates 79 — “Mataituina le Matou Lumana’i”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 79 graduates of the Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School heard Monday's Commencement Speaker Gov.Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga speak of their ‘vision, passion and future’ that now lies before them as they graduate from a high school that continues to grow with its student body focusing on learning the trades, despite difficulties with supplies and at times even lacking adequate bathroom facilities for students on campus. (See more excerpts from his speech in a companion story in this issue.)
This year's graduation theme: is "Our Vision, Our Passion & Our Future." There were two Valedictorians and one Salutatorian.
Co- Valedictorians are: Brianna Jemaima Itulauifi of Nu’uuli and Veronica Fa’auiga Muliipu of Falenui, Nu’uuli and Mulifanua in Samoa
Brianna’s favorite saying this year is, “Fai ma le Faku” — In 2019, she represented American Samoa in Orlando, Florida at the HOSA competition, in the category of Health Career Display. This year, with her partner Leilani, she won the islandwide category of Health Career Display in the HOSA competition.
2021 Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School Co-Valedictorian is Brianna Jemaima Itulauifi of Nu’uuli. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
Veronica is the senior class vice president, Miss Trade 2021, President of the 4-H Club, TSA reporter, and member of the HOSA club. She is the recipient of the Female Tradesmen of the Year Award and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.
2021 Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School’s Co-Valedictorian t is Veronica Fa’auiga Muliipu of Falenui, Nu’uuli and Mulifanua in Samoa. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
The Salutatorian is Rodney Faitauafe Atanoa of the village of Nua and Seetaga.
Rodney is born in Olympic, Washington in 2003. He moved to American Samoa at six months old, He has been accepted to Missouri Southern State University and New Mexico Military Institute. He holds the chiefly title of Tuvaogaaletautootoo.
2021 Salutatorian for Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School is Rodney Faitauafe Atanoa of the village of Nua and Seetaga. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]