Amata Hosts Close-Up Students During Their Visit to the U.S. Capitol

May 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was delighted to host a group of American Samoa’s students in the congressional office and for their tour of the U.S. Capitol. The students are with the Department of Interior’s Close-Up program, and  arrived over a week ago for their two-week visit to the nation’s capital region.


CloseUp 2019 with caption


“This trip to Washington, D.C., is a wonderful educational opportunity for these students, and a chance to build good memories with their friends,” said Aumua Amata. “Close-Up is a great program that invests in the lives of some of our future leaders. Thank you to everyone involved for making this experience possible for these young people. I enjoyed seeing every one of you!”

Close-Up students with Aumua AmataCongresswoman Amata with the 2019 Close Up students


On this trip, the students have a variety of educational opportunities, including the tour the U.S. Capitol, and going sightseeing in a city that attracts many thousands of visitors from all over the world. This experience includes famous monuments and memorials, along with exceptional art and history collections.


Close-Up students lunchLunch!


Congresswoman Amata with the Close-Up students during lunchTalking with Aumua during lunch


The Close-Up program is a federally funded project that allows students from across the nation to visit their Member of Congress in Washington, D.C., with a mission to “inform, inspire, and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.”


Close-Up students in the American Samoa Congressional office


This year’s Close-Up students and chaperones:
Faga’itua High School: 
Dierdre Tyrell
Lorraine Christine
Merry-Christmas Va’a
Samoana High School: 
Abcde Tupa’i
Erin Jessop
Yasminna Sanchez
Fenunuivao Faoa — Chaperone
Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School: 
Ivoga Sefika
Varina Va’a
Tafuna High School: 
Nellie Lisala
Take Masina
Pita Vaouli 
Leone High School: 
Hosea Schroeer
Janillicah Harmon
Molila’auifoga’a Salave’a 
Manu’a High School: 
Phelan Escalanti 
Pacific Horizon: 
Elizandrea Tuato’o
South Pacific Academy:  
Trinity Danielson 
American Samoa Department of Education: 
Folau Fa’afetai Teofilo — Chaperone