On March 11^th^, Nicole Yamase of the Federated States of Micronesia became the first Pacific Islander, third and youngest woman to travel to the deepest part of the ocean, the Challenger Deep. The Challenger Deep, part of the Marianas Trench, is 35,856 ft (10,929 m) below sea level; Nicole, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii Manoa in Marine Biology and School of Life Sciences, is one of only a handful of people to ever descend to the bottom of the ocean and, as the Challenger Deep is located within the territory of the Federated States of Micronesia, she is the first citizen to visit this unique environment of her country.  You can watch a short video by Verola Media about the trip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af2EWPQAma0&t=7s  We are delighted to share this news with you and invite you to join an event with the President of the FSM, David W Panuelo, Nicole Yamase, and Yolanda Joab Mori, Program Coordinator for Blue Prosperity Micronesia.