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EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada called 400 students “cultural champions” for participating in this year’s Chamorro and Carolinian performing arts competition.

The Public School System-Chamorro and Carolinian Language Heritage Studies or CCLHS Program held the third annual performing arts competition on Saturday at Saipan Southern High School. About 400 students from 20 public schools participated.

Over the past three years, Ada said, nearly 2,000 students have participated in the competition.

“These students come from all walks of life and different cultural backgrounds, but they all honor the islands’ indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian heritage. Everyone here is proud of you, students. You are our cultural champions. You are keeping the legacy of the Chamorro and Carolinian ancestors alive,” he told the participating students on Saturday.

First lady Diann Torres, Associate Education Commissioner Jackie Quitugua, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada and Board of Education member Andrew Orsini were among the guests at the 3rd annual performing arts competition of the Public School System-Chamorro and Carolinian Language Heritage Studies Program at Saipan Southern High School on Saturday.

First lady Diann T. Torres, Board of Education member Andrew Orsini, associate commissioner for instructional services Jackie Quitugua, and Rep. LJ Castro were among the guests.

In encouraging parents to teach their children the native languages, Mrs. Torres recommended starting with small words. “Just do it and let us begin and let’s act on it,” she added.

Quitugua agreed, saying: “It is never too late for parents and grandparents to teach the children.”

The participating Hopwood Middle School students and their teachers pose for a photo.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

While the goal is to encourage the young generation to speak and appreciate the local languages and the Chamorro and Carolinian cultures, CCLHS program director Jonas Barcinas said the competition also “serves as an educational platform to give our students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned from their teachers. This will also help build a positive mindset among our students and parents.”

Barcinas added, “Our students demonstrated excellent performances in their respective categories and it is very powerful and exciting to see parents, grandparents, and family members being at the event to witness and support the participants.”

In the past, the competition was held from two to five days.

“This year, we were able to complete the competition by 12:30 [in the afternoon],” Barcinas said. “We are improving every year,” he added as he also thanked the event sponsors, which included Docomo Pacific, TSL Foundation, Pacifica Insurance, and CNMI lawmakers.

Overall winners

Essay - Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Danyana Borja

Poster - Marianas High School, Jaime Navarro

Storytelling - Tanapag Middle School

Oratorical - Rota High School, Dawno Agbayani

Dual Language Proficiency - Marianas High School

Children’s Choir - Koblerville Elementary School

Choral Reading - Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

Solo Singing Male/Female -Marianas High School

Cultural Chant - Hopwood Middle School

Contemporary Dance - Hopwood Middle School

By category and division

Essay, Middle School

Chamorro

1st Place - Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Danyana Borja

2nd Place - Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Tyara Reann Cruz

3rd Place - Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Chadlen Heaven Murphy

Carolinian

1st place: Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, Sebastian Saito

Essay High School

Chamorro

1st Place- Marianas High School, Mark Pangelinan

Poster, Elementary

1st place - Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, Nikita Megino

2nd place - Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, Anton Megino

3rd place - Kagman Elementary School, Kahalena Ngiratoi

Poster, Middle

1st place - Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, Frank Lumalan

2nd place - Tanapag Middle School, Agelina Pua

3rd place - Chacha Ocean View Middle School, Heaven Murphy

Poster, High School

1st place - Marianas High School, Ma Jaime Navarro

2nd place - Marianas High School, Ken Aldan

Storytelling, Elementary

Chamorro

1st place - Garapan Elementary School

2nd place - San Vicente Elementary School

3rd place - Oleai Elementary School

Carolinian

1st place - Kagman Elementary School

Storytelling - Middle School Chamorro:

1st place - Tanapag Middle School

2nd place - Hopwood Middle School

Carolinian

1st place - Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

2nd place - Hopwood Middle School

Oratorical, Chamorro

1st place - Dr. Rita H. Inos Junior and High School, Dawno Agbayani

2nd place - Dr. Rita H. Inos Junior and Senior High School, Abriette Manglona

3rd place - Marianas High School

Dual Language Proficiency

1st place – Marianas High School

Children’s Choir

Chamorro

1st place - Koblerville Elementary School

2nd place - Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School

3rd place - Oleai Elementary School

Carolinian

1st place - Koblerville Elementary School

Choral Reading Elementary

Chamorro

1st place - Oleai Elementary School

2nd place - Koblerville Elementary School

3rd place - Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School

Carolinian

1st place - Koblerville Elementary School

2nd place - Kagman Elementary School

Choral Reading, Middle School

Chamorro

1st place - Hopwood Middle School

2nd place - Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

3rd place - Dandan Middle School

Carolinian

1st place - Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

2nd place - Hopwood Middle School

Cultural Chant/Dance, Middle School

Chamorro

1st place - Hopwood Middle School

2nd place - Tanapag Middle School

Carolinian

1st place - Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

2nd place - Tanapag Middle School

Cultural Chant/Dance High School

Carolinian

1st place - Marianas High School

Contemporary Dance Middle School

Chamorro

1st place - Hopwood Middle School

2nd place - Tanapag Middle School

Carolinian

1st place - Francisco M. Sablan Middle School

2nd place - Hopwood Middle School

Contemporary Dance High School

Chamorro

1st place - Marianas High School

Solo Singing, Male

Chamorro

1sp place - Marianas High School

Solo Singing Female

Chamorro

Marianas High School

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