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2 KHS students accepted into Junior Statesmen program

(Press Release) — Kagman High School is proud to announce that two Ayuyus have been accepted into the Junior Statesmen Summer program to attend classes at Stanford University this summer of 2017.

The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation or JSA is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society.

“In the student-run Junior State and at JSA summer schools and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.” (

Justine Kirby and Dionisses Valdisimo both applied and were accepted into this years’s cohort of participants. Dionisses Valdisimo also won one of the coveted scholarships awarded to CNMI students to attend the program this summer. For more information please go to

Another summer program KHS Ayuyus will be represented this summer is in this years STEP-UP Program. STEP-UP stands for Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons.

STEP-UP is a National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases funded program that provides hands-on biomedical and behavioral research opportunities to eager high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Pacific STEP-UP is a component of the program designed specifically to address some of the unique challenges faced by students living in the Pacific Basin who are curious about and interested in careers involving science and research. (  

Kagman High School students snagged three out of the four available spots for the CNMI. Seniors Tara Tudela, Khloe Borja will be participating for a second year in a row. Alyssa Cepeda is a Junior and will be participating for the first time this year.