By: L.N. Reklai

June 15, 2017 (Airai, Palau) United States Embassy in Palau with representatives of the US military branches conducted a recognition ceremony to honor the two Palauan student recipients of the US Naval Academy Scholarships, Rongel I. Marcil and Brent Naito.


The two Palauan students were accepted into one of the top ranked universities in the United States, U.S. Naval Academy. United States Naval Academy has 8.5% acceptance rate with over 16,000 applicants and only 1300 selected.

Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch expressed how proud he was of the young men and their huge achievement.

He encouraged them to succeed in their dreams and return home someday to contribute to their country.

Ambassador Amy Hyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Palau reported that they’ve received word that Secretary of Defense has approved the full scholarships for the students and airline tickets to United States has been provided.

Reiterating that this was a great achievement and a prestigious opportunity for the young men, she urged them to make themselves, their parents and Palau proud and serve in Navy or Marines proudly.

High Chief Reklai, uncle of Brent Naito, one of the scholarship recipients, received the certificate on his behalf.  Mr. Naito was already on his way to the university and was not present at the ceremony.

Dr. Marcil and her husband will be accompanying their son to his school this month before returning home.

The ceremony was attended by families of both young men, High Chief Reklai, Governors of Kayangel, Ngarchelong and Melekeok as well as Speaker Anastacio and members of the House of Delegates. [/restrict]