FSMIS (April 22, 15): On April 21, 2015, fourteen Upward Bound students from Yap High School, along with two teacher chaperons, made a visit at the Office of the President.
Mr. Serphin Ileisuyalo, one of the accompanying teachers, explained that the program familiarizes high school students with the College of Micronesia main campus and allows for visits to the FSM National Government branches, departments, and offices to boost learning exposures to the ways of their government.
The students were accorded an audience with FSM President Manny Mori at the President’s Conference Room.
The President discussed the components of the Executive Branch and shared his reflection on the past eight years. As part of his conversation with the students, he also stressed the need for college students to remain focus and move into graduate level programs before they consider marriage. He urged the students to concentrate on personal development opportunities in vocational trades and strive for the graduate level mainstream educational pathway – a paramount challenge for most Micronesian students.
The students on their part were keen on discussing leadership qualifications, especially as they may apply for public office aspirants at the National Government. They also were very curious about the 2023 Action Plan and how it relates to financial and economic challenges beyond Compact grants.
After their interactive conversation with the President, the student group went on to meet with the FSM Department of Education, the Judicial Branch, and the Congress Office. They will leave for Yap on Thursday, April 23rd.
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