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SFA holds award ceremony

LAST Saturday, the Saipan Fishermen’s Association held its banquet for the Mini Derby in Charley’s Cabaret in the Pacific Islands Club.

President Weaver joined the presentation addressing parents, students, educators, SFA members, and friends of the outreach program. “It was my dream to have our Association do something of this magnitude. Our Association has gone above and beyond to provide for our youth. We are grateful for the PSS’ partnership as well and all those that believed and supported the program.” said Weaver.

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Javanavin Dela Cruz receives the ukulele with engraved markings memorializing the 2019 SFA-PSS Da’ok partnership handed by SFA President Weaver during last Saturday’s banquet held at Charley’s Cabaret, PIC.  Contributed photo

Daok Academy student and President of the Daok Fishing Club Alvaughnna Pua also expressed gratitude to the sponsors for making this become a reality alongside Club VP Derick Blas who expressed his gratitude as he introduced members of the club.

Over 50 individuals consisting of students, parents, friends, sponsors, CHC, CGC, GLS members and educators from Public School System were present led by Commissioner of Education Mr. Glen Muna and members of the Saipan Fishermen’s Association.

The highlight of the event focused on training both students and adults with mental health issues and awareness as well as the conclusion of the mini derby for students held on June 22, 2019.

Alvin Iglecias and crew, along with Daok student Javanavin Dela Cruz, won first place in the Mini Derby. Jovanavin Dela Cruz won the ukulele with engraved markings memorializing the 2019 SFA-PSS Da’ok partnership. He won the ukulele based on winning 1st place with his crew as the student on board the vessel. He and the crew caught a 19-pound Wahoo.

Vic Salas and his crew took second place were recognized at second place catching an 11-pound Wahoo while George “One Drop” Moses settled for third with a 10.2 lbs Mahi.

FA VP Anthony Scragg stated in closing, “Our program will hopefully change the way our youth sees the value of fishing and the importance of our environment. Our resources are valuable and with this, we hope we have achieved our goals thus far.” The overall ambiance was filled with excitement, laughter and mesmerizing fun. The students had an opportunity to engage with a community that embraced them. “The program runs a full year and this is only the beginning,” stated Alex Castro Jr. SFA VP for Community Outreach.

Corporate Sponsors were also present that day including Mobil Oil Mariana Islands Inc., JWS Air Condition & Refrigeration, Supertech, SP Dancoe & Associates, Team Victoria, and Fishing Tackle Saipan. Other corporate sponsors that could not make it but were recognized were Bank of Saipan, Triple J Group and The Law Office of Robert T. Torres.