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First FSM Citizen Appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy

June 1, 2007

Trisha Johnson, who graduated on May 21, 2006 from Pohnpei Adventist School, has been selected for an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Trisha is the oldest daughter of Dr. Okai Johnson, Anesthesiologist at Chuuk State Hospital, and Mrs. Emihner Johnson, Financial Specialist for FSM Department of Health Services, both of Mokil Municipality, Pohnpei.

An outstanding scholar and student athlete, Ms. Johnson was nominated for consideration for this appointment by the FSM Government, with the approval of the U. S. Ambassador. Forty nations nominated 145 applicants for consideration for appointments to this institution; only 18 were selected for the class of 2011. Cadet Johnson plans to study Civil Engineering at the Academy, with her full scholarship valued at $276,000.

Trisha Johnson is only the Fourth FSM citizen to be accepted by one of the United States Service Academies, and the first female FSM citizen to be accepted at any of the U.S. Service Academies. The first was Okean Ehmes, who attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. The second was Byron Silbanuz, currently a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. The third is Eugene Amor, who earlier this year received his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

FSM Citizens interested in applying for admission to one of the five U.S. Service Academies can contact the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs or the U.S. Embassy for additional information.