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2 Kagman students named honorary municipal council members

TWO Kagman High School students became honorary members of the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council on Thursday.

Marlena C. Olopia, who is in 11th grade, and Dolores Chantel, a 9th grader, were selected by the Youth Affairs Office to serve on the council on Youth Takeover Day as part of the Youth Empowerment Awareness Month.

The students were sworn in by municipal council chairman Luis John Castro before they joined the members in the regular session of the council in Chalan Kanoa.

Castro thanked the students for accepting the challenge. “I hope you will learn more about the council and its responsibilities as you go along,” he said.

Olopia, who acted as council chair, said she was hoping to be assigned to the court because “my interest is in the criminal justice.”

Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Chairman Luis John Castro swears in Kagman High School students Marlena C. Olopia and Dolores Chantel during Youth Takeover Day, Thursday.  Also in photo are municipal council vice chair Diego Kaipat and secretary Antonia Tudela.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Chantel, for her part, said her preference was to join the training and development program at the Public School System.

Both of them, however, said they appreciated serving on the municipal council. “We expect to gain experience throughout the day.”

Witnessing the two students’ oath-taking ceremony were council vice chairman Diego Kaipat, secretary Antonia Tudela, adviser William Torres, administrator Frances Muna and staff members.

During the council session, Olopia expressed support for a resolution urging the Department of Public Lands to expedite the issuance of regulations for the distribution of homestead lots in the Northern Islands, particularly on Pagan.

Chantel, for her part, expressed interest in the council’s native medicinal plant project.