The CNMI Public School System named yesterday the eight students who have been selected to receive Robert C. Byrd honors scholarships this year.
The eight—Keith Flores Sablan, Terrence Babauta Duenas, Janina Maratita, Kenlyn Palmes Butters, BonnyLynn A. Cruz, Naomi DLG Benjamin, Loremel Aguelo Hocog, and Yvonne DLG Bennett—will each receive a four-year scholarship of $1,500 per year, for a total of $6,000.
The eight were selected based on their submitted essays; cumulative grade point averages, which ranged from 3.9 to 4.0; and recommendation letters from teachers.
Education Commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan said the number of qualified applicants far exceeded the eight scholarship slots that the U.S. Department of Education made available to PSS this year.
Dr. Sablan said the CNMI needs the expertise each of these scholars will have acquired when they complete their studies.
Keith Flores Sablan is the son of Joseph D. and Benita F. Sablan of Capital Hill. A senior at Grace Christian Academy, Keith has been accepted to Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He plans to major in biochemistry as a pre-med course toward becoming a dermatologist.
Terrence Babauta Duenas is the son of Ronald M. Dulog and Ann Doris Babauta-Dulog of Kagman III. He is a senior at Kagman High School and has been accepted to Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Washington where he will major in Engineering. Terrence plans to become an electrical engineer, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.
Janina Maratita is the daughter of Janet U. Maratita of San Antonio. A senior at Saipan Southern High School, she has been accepted to attend Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she will major in English and pre-law criminology. After graduation, Janinna plans on either attending law school or pursuing a career in either journalism or teaching on Saipan.
Kenlyn Palmes Butters, the daughter of Joseph and Feline Butters of Papago, is a senior at Kagman High School and plans on attending the University of Guam and will major in accounting and education.
BonnyLynn A. Cruz, the daughter of Patricia Aguon-Cruz of Kagman II, is a senior at Kagman High School and has been accepted to the Northern Marianas College, where she will major in health and education.
Naomi DLG Benjamin is the daughter of Nicholas W. and Elaine DLG Benjamin of As Matuis and is a senior at Kagman High School. She has been accepted to attend NMC and plans on majoring in education.
Loremel Aguelo Hocog, the son of Jesus and Genoveva Hocog of Kagman II, is a senior at Kagman High School and has been accepted to attend NMC. Loremel plans on majoring in liberal arts with a major in drama and mathematics.
Yvonne DLG Bennett, the daughter of Ambrose and Lillian Bennett of Kagman III, is a senior at Kagman High School and has been accepted to attend the University of Guam. She plans on majoring in business and culinary arts. Her plans after college include returning to Saipan and opening a bakery.