By Cal Tiweyang

Last evening I had the honor of witnessing two of our very own Micronesian students joined the very few out of thousands of students from area schools that were honored for their achievements. It was the 49th Annual Frederick W. Root School Awards Program for Outstanding Members of the Junior Class of Federal Way and Fife High Schools, the Class of 2018.

The Annual Frederick W. Root School Awards is presented every year in Appreciation of the Public School System by THE MASONIC EDUCATION COUNCIL of Federal Way.

Among the crowd of proud parents and friends, were the two Superintendents, Dr. Tammy Campbell from the Federal Way Schools and Kevin Alfano of the Fife Schools. Joining the Superintendents were the Principals of Thomas Jefferson, Todd Beamer, Decatur and  Federal Way High Schools as well as the principal of Fife High School. 

Enough happiness to keep you sweet, Enough trial to keep you strong, Enough sorrow to keep you human, Enough hope to keep you happy; Enough failure to keep you humble, Enough success to keep you eager, Enough friends to give you support! Enough wealth to meet your needs, Enough enthusiasm to look forward, Enough faith to banish depression, Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.” 

It was indeed a night filled with Joyous moments for the students and parents as well as the principals and the two superintendents. 

The evening began with the Flag Presentation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, don’t worry I was secretly reading the FSM Preamble, the Invocation and so on and so forth. 

The main speaker was Reverend Helen Carrol of Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church, I guess a local church but she’s been all over. The only thing I remembered from her speech was about her daughter where she found it hard to let go of her hand when leaving her at the dorms of her college. I am sure all parents understood what she was saying.

These kids have to one day stand up and leave and parents must allow them to so they can spread their wings and fly. They have a lot of things to explore!

As I was looking at the student’s names on the program, I noticed a name that could be Islander’s. Looking around the room, I noticed a beautiful lady not too far from us that looks islander but one thing that gave her away was her KIMPA. :). I kinda thought I’ve seen her before but am not sure. This gave me a clue that what I was suspecting was very true. We do have another Micronesian student in the crowd! 

It’s this moment that I felt like jumping up and down and singing out loud the Micronesian Anthem. I can imagine what the crowd would do when I do that. Forget it, they may call up Trump’s Deporting Squad. But heck ya here it is…

I. TIS HERE WE ARE PLEDGING WITH HEART AND WITH HANDS
FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION TO THEE, OUR NATIVE LAND
FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION TO THEE, OUR NATIVE LAND

CHORUS

NOW ALL JOIN THE CHORUS LET UNION ABIDE
ACROSS ALL MICRONESIA JOIN HANDS ON EVERY SIDE
ACROSS ALL MICRONESIA JOIN HANDS ON EVERY SIDE

II. WE’LL ALL WORK TOGETHER WITH HEART, VOICE, AND HANDS
TILL WE HAVE MADE THESE ISLANDS ANOTHER PROMISED LAND
TILL WE HAVE MADE THESE ISLANDS ANOTHER PROMISED LAND

After presenting and receiving the awards came the Benediction but not before they announced there would be cookies and sodas in the lounge room. I was like cookies? I thought it would be Fish and Kon? Wassup with that? 

It was an amazing evening. During Cookies time, we met Memoran E. Esefan and her aunt, representing her High School Todd Beamer. We congratulated her and her accomplishments and especially representing Micronesia with our son, Junior. 

Jun and Memoran

These two Kids, Jun and Memoran have made me so proud that out of thousands of students, they were picked to be honored. Not only that, Jun was picked as the Outstanding Junior Boy of his high school, the Federal Way High School and was awarded a Scholarship that can be used at any colleges he chooses. 

It’s very fitting to have a boy and a girl representing Micronesia from these two high schools in the state of Washington. Thank you two for a job well done. Continue on pushing ahead at your respective school. 

God, thank you for guiding our two Micronesian students and please continue to be there for them.  

It’s a huge achievement for these kids and I pray that they continue to represent our country and wish them both many successes in life.  

And my hats off to any other Micronesian student anywhere that represents our country in such a manner. Please do know that all Micronesians are proud of you. Keep on going…

Last but not the least, I want to express my thank yous to the Masonic Education Council of Federal Way, Washington and their amazing staff at Thornton F. McElroy Lodge No. 302 F. & A. M for a wonderful evening. It was a pleasure to meet the members including their Chairman Horace K. Suinn. You guys were amazing. 

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