Two JFK students travelling off-island surprised with a donation of frequent flyer miles


Guam – Two John F. Kennedy High School students will be travelling off-island to attend summer programs in Baltimore and Los Angeles, and in a surprise announcement last week, their tickets are being covered through a government mileage program.

Taryn Rupley will be attending the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care at UCLA while Lorenzo Jorolan will be attending the National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine & Health Care at Johns Hopkins University.

Rupley took the initiative to apply to the conference, and upon acceptance, did not hesitate to reach out to the Superintendent for assistance.

Rupley had heard about the Okkodo High School Mock Trial team travelling to the states after being surprised with a donation of frequent flyer miles, accumulated by GovGuam employees, and awarded through the Department of Administration.

It is this initiative that Superintendent Jon Fernandez wants other GDOE students to emulate.

“The challenge with these programs is that they’re very selective and our students can obviously compete, you know, a limited number of applicants are actually selected, they can compete and they’re eligible, but when it comes to cost, we all know that travel is like the biggest maybe, obstacle. And so, what we don’t want is our students not to be able to participate due to the limitations on resources to travel. We know it takes a lot to get off this island, so if we can at least address that, then hopefully it makes it easier for them to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Fernandez.