Congratulations Joeann

Habele is proud to announce that scholarship winner Joeann Malchelmar has earned a place on the 10th grade honor roll at Bethania High School in Palau for the 3rd quarter.

In broader regional news, The Pacific Daily News has reported on an innovative Outreach Program at George Washington High School which helps Micronesian and other Pacific Islanders make the adjustment to attending US public schools.

The United States has placed Palau on its ”Countries of Concern” watchlist. This list, created by the US International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is considered a way to “exert pressure on countries to strengthen their money laundering laws.” The Federated States of Micronesia earned a marginally better “Country to be Watched” ranking.

A new Ambassador, Miriam K. Hughes, is being nominated by the Bush White House to serve in the Federated States of Micronesia. The press release describes Hughes as “a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, [who] currently serves as United States Deputy Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United States Mission to the United Nations. Prior to this, she served as Director of the Office of Policy, Public and Congressional Affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the Department of State. Earlier in her career, she served as Chief of the Consular Section in Mexico City.”

Finally, it has been reported that Tosiwo Nakayama, the first President of the Federated States of Micronesia died last Tuesday. Prior to his service as President of the FSM he had worked as bureaucrat in the US Administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

The Habele Outer Island Education Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunity and accomplishment in Micronesia's remote outer islands. Visit www.habele.org for more details.