RMI High School Students Address Corruption

As part of this year’s 16 Days of Activism activities, Ambassador Armbruster served on a panel of judges evaluating entries submitted for an Anti-corruption Essay contest.  The essay contest was organized by Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI) in conjunction with the RMI Auditor General’s office, and other members of the judging panel included representatives from WUTMI, the RMI Auditor General’s office, and the Marshall Islands Police Department.  In total, twenty-six essays were submitted by high school students throughout Majuro.  The essays noted how corruption affects society and impacts individual wellbeing.  President Obama echoed these sentiments recently by underscoring “no country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves.”  On Friday, December 21st, the Auditor General, WUTMI, and Embassy Majuro DCM Doug Carey awarded the prizes to the three winning students: 1st place, Isireli Osborne, Marshall Islands High School; 2nd place, Tatina Peter, Co-op High School; and 3rd place, Alma Mark, Marshall Islands High School.  Congratulations to the winners, and kudos to the RMI Auditor General’s office for all their efforts to combat corruption in the Marshall Islands. For more information on the 2013 campaign against corruption, visit the RMI Auditor General’s Facebook page here.