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Former MHS students invited to Hollywood

FORMER Marianas High School students Jenikah Elayda and Cesiah Maclang were invited to Hollywood for the screening of their documentary “Starting Over Again,” which depicted the island people’s suffering in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu.

It was the CNMI team’s entry to the Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska where it received a superior rating and was selected for the main stage — the highest achievement at the festival.

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Former Marianas High School students, Jenikah Elayda and Cesiah Maclang received an invitation to Hollywood for the screening of their documentary “Starting Over Again.”  Contributed photo

Marianas High School teacher/coach and adviser Jojo Alepuyo said he and his former students received an invitation from Hans Weichhart, the Education Theatre Foundation’s chief relationship officer.

They were asked to attend the foundation’s “Thespians Go Hollywood” benefit, which is set for Nov. 18 at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The invitation was extended to four people — Elayda, Maclang, Alepuyo and a counselor or a female chaperone. However, the Education Theatre Foundation will pay for the airfare of one person only.

To be able to attend the Hollywood event, Alepuyo said they have to raise $6,000 for their airfare and accommodations.

The teacher has set up a GoFundMe page, “CNMI Goes Hollywood,” and is asking community members to help finance their travel expenses. (Go to

Elayda and Maclang graduated from MHS and are now attending Northern Marianas College.

“Since they are no longer high school students, [the Public School System] won’t be able to help. That is why we put up the GoFundMe page,” Alepuyo said.