“The drive to be able to achieve depends on the person.” – Rachel Tominiko
The Centre for Samoan Studies is proud to announce that Rachel Tominiko, a first year student double majoring in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage and Geography, has been selected to represent Samoa at the upcoming Future Leaders of the Pacific Conference in Hawaii in early September. Rachel was selected after a rigorous screening process undertaken by the US Embassy in Apia, following her recommendation by the Centre for Samoan Studies.
Rachel is the daughter of Taulapapa Maselino and Apele Tominiko, of Ululoloa and Leauva’a, and is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s College, where she was selected as Head Girl in her final year. At only 19, Rachel already has an impressive record of community engagement and mobilization—she currently serves as the Vice President of the recently established Samoa First Union and travelled in June to Beijing, China, on an exploratory trip with a group of 9 fellow NUS students. Her selection of Archaeology and Geography as joint-majors is no accident; Rachel plans to complete her BA here at NUS before moving onto an advanced degree and a career as an archaeologist or meteorologist, or, she hopes, “something that merges all my interests into one”. Rachel acknowledges her father, a former maritime professional and sea Captain, who instilled in her an insatiable curiosity about the world around her and the importance of seeking higher education.
Director Meleisea Dr. Malama Meleisea, and the staff at the Centre for Samoan Studies commend and congratulate Rachel on her selection and wish her all the best as she travels to Hawaii.
About the Conference:
The Future Leaders of the Pacific Conference, now in its 4th year, is an annual gathering organized by the US Department of State and is attended by as many as 50 young leaders (aged 18 – 23) from around Oceania. The purpose of the conference is to help participants build networks with Pacific communities in the diaspora, and become familiar with government and non-government structures that inform policy and decision makers in our region. The theme for this year’s meeting is Future Leaders of the Pacific – Our Ocean: Conservation, Culture, and Commerce, and will explore the sub-themes of ocean conservation, gender and education.