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Students from Insular Areas Visit Washington



Students from Insular Areas Visit Washington

Washington, D.C., April 4 – Over one hundred sixty students from American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau visited the Main Interior Building today for two hours as part of the Close-Up Foundation.  The group is here for a week-long stay in Washington, D.C., to visit important historical sites and to meet with officials in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill as well as with their own Ambassador, Member of Congress or Resident Representative.  This group will also visit Philadelphia before returning home.

The students were hosted at Main Interior by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, David B. Cohen, and the Director of the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), Nikolao Pula.  During their visit, where they were also briefed by other OIA staff members, they were treated to a rousing game of "Name that Island" which tested their insular knowledge.  The students were given T-shirts designed specially to commemorate their visit and were encouraged by Mr. Cohen to be graduated from high school and to go on to college.

The Close-Up Foundation for the students from the insular areas is funded through OIA's Division of Technical Assistance and receives approximately $350,000 annually.