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Contributed by YokweOnline on Nov 20, 2012 - 01:37 PM

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Samelda N. Leon, UH Hilo Senior majoring in Administration of Justice & Political Science, was initiated into the Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science Honor Society last Wednesday.

Leon transferred to UH from the College of the Marshall Islands two years ago. She is a active member of the Marshallese Iakwe Club, composed of Marshall Islands’ students enrolled at UHH.

According to the Pi Sigma Alpha website, the National Political Science Honor Society, with 740 chapters, requires members to have completed at least one-half the credits required by their institution for the baccalaureate degree; they must have completed at least ten semester-credits (or 15 quarter-credits if their institution is on the quarter system) of work in political science including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B or higher in those courses; they must have achieved an overall GPA placing them in the top one-third of their whole class (e.g., junior or senior class).

In Spring 2012, Leon made the Dean's List, reported the Student Support Services Program (SSSP), a Federally funded TRIO program designed to assist eligible students in achieving their maximum potential in college.

She currently serves as the Marshallese Iakwe Club representative on the Pacific Islands Student Center (PISC) Advisory Council at Hilo.

Leon wrote about the well-rounded opportunities at Hilo in an online review of the University:

“Social Atmosphere by far is amazing, as well. There are numerous amount of clubs. I am member of the Marshallese Iakwe Club- it is for Marshallese students attending UHH. The campus has a lot of shady student 'hang-out' spots great for studying, reading, relaxing, chilling, etc. There are a lot of games happening almost every weekend --- soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf... There is a gym for basketball and volleyball, and a tennis court. There is also a fitness center and an olympic-size pool. The atmosphere is just amazing. A lot of things to do on the weekends . Every week there are student activities, games, and clubs to go to.”

Leon also made a mark for herself at the Marshall Islands two-year college, CMI. In her final year,  Leon produced a Capstone Research Presentation, a senior liberal arts project required for graduation, which was touted by Pacific media. Her research, ”Does CMI need a daycare center?”, found that 46.9% of the student population has child care responsibilities and 94% of those students want daycare. Radio Australia  interviewed Leon for their Pacific Beat radio program.

- Yokwe Online, November 20, 2012

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