Liske-Clark wins essay contest 

Posted on Apr 06 2022

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Samantha Liske-Clark, a freshman studying at the New York University Abu Dhabi, has been named the winner of the Retta Sue Hamilton Memorial Scholarship essay contest that was organized by the non-profit group Our Common Wealth 670.

Liske-Clark, who strongly believes in conservation and hopes to use her Biology degree to protect vulnerable species, will be receiving a check for $1,000 to pursue her higher education toward her future career.

“I am truly honored to have my essay chosen. I really appreciate this opportunity,” said Liske-Clark in her email response to the announcement of her selection as the contest’s winner.


In its email message congratulating Liske-Clark, the Our Common Wealth 670 board thanks her for applying for the contest and that “reading your essay reaffirms our mission and goal for a better Marianas. It also reminds us of the amazing hope and potential you and other young leaders hold—which made picking one scholarship recipient all the more difficult.” 

The essay contest was a celebration of Retta Sue Hamilton’s life and life’s work and was open to graduating CNMI high school seniors and to currently enrolled U.S. college students at an accredited university or college who graduated from a Northern Marianas high school.

Hamilton (1973-2021) was a lifelong advocate of animals and the environment. Hamilton’s first rosary will be held on April 7.

According to their website, Our Common Wealth 670, is a “grassroots community group who advocates for the de-escalation of militarization throughout the Marianas archipelago.” Their goal is “to protect our ancestral lands, seas and skies from irreparable damage caused by military practices and other developments that pose a threat to our health, physical environment and livelihoods by increasing awareness of current military planning and the policies that affect us the most. To do this, we actively engage in public education, research and advocacy that promotes the unique beauty and importance of our islands and cultures.” 

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Leigh Gases
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