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NMI students win 24 medals in Guam cultural competition

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CNMI students won a total of 24 medals at the Inacha'igan Fino' Chamorro Language & Cultural Performing Arts Competition hosted by the University of Guam on March 9 and 10.

“We commend all of our students, coaches, teachers, school leaders for their participation and for bringing home pride and joy for the CNMI,” said Jonas M. Barcinas, the Public School System’s Chamorro and Carolinian Language Heritage Studies program director.

He said 10 CNMI students or groups placed first in various competition.

Hopwood Middle School won first place in Middle School Chant Dance at the Chamorro Language and Cultural Performing Arts Competition on March 9-10 at the University of Guam.

The first place winners:

• Dovianne Tudela, Koblerville Elementary School, K-1 Grade Storytelling. She was coached by Alma Villagomez.

• Hopwood Middle School, Middle School Chant. The students were coached by Vic Cabrera, Tracy Del Rosario, Didi and Dominic Tudela, and April Repeki.

• Hopwood Middle School, Middle School Choral Reading. They were coached by Donald Mendiola and Rebecca Sablan.

• Heaven Murphy, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, Oratory. She was coached by Rose Jones and Ronnie Aguon.

• Danyana Borja, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, Recitation. She was coached by Rose Jones and Ronnie Aguon.

• Tyara Reann Cruz, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, Middle School Essay. She was coached by Rose Jones and Ronnie Aguon.

• Issa Salazar, Marianas High School, Poetry Recitation. She was coached by Anita Sablan, Alvin Sablan, Cynthia Pangelinan, and Andrew Santos Sablan.

• Issa Salazar and Noryanka Skeirei, Marianas High School, Female Singer. They were coached by Anita Sablan, Alvin Sablan, Cynthia Pangelinan, and Andrew Santos Sablan.

• Dawno Jade Manglona Agbayani, Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr./Sr. High School, High School Proficiency. He was coached by Therese Manalang and James Manglona.

• Dawno Jade Manglona Agbayani, RHI, High School Oratorical/Sinangan. He was coached by Therese Manalang and James Manglona.

Second place winners:

• Marianas High School, Song with Dance. They were coached by Anita Sablan, Alvin Sablan, Cynthia Pangelinan, and Andrew Sablan.

• Marianas High School, Kantan Chamorrita Style singing. They were coached by Anita Sablan, Alvin Sablan, Cynthia Pangelinan, and Andrew Sablan.

• Deltona Takai, San Vicente Elementary School, Grade 4-5 Storytelling. Coach: Lorena Smith

• Geremy Santos, Tinian Elementary School, Middle School- Oratory. Coach: Angelina Fitial

• Tinian Elementary School, Choral Reading. Coach: Angelina Fitial

• Issa Tegita, Dandan Middle School, Oratory Poetry Recitation. Coach: Edinna Cepeda.

Third place winners:

• Nava Falig, Grade 4-5 Storytelling. Coach: Elsie San Nicolas

• Doreanne Tudela, Koblerville Elementary School, Grade 2-3 Storytelling. Coach: Lorenza Smith

• Jireh Cruz, Tinian Elementary School, Middle School Recitation. Coach: Angelina Fitial

• Dandan Middle School, Choral Reading. Coach: Edinna Cepeda

• Rowena Camacho, Hopwood Middle School, Oratory. Coaches: April Repeki, Donald Mendiola and Victor Cabrera

• Heaven P. Murphy, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, Essay. Coaches: Rose Jones and Ronnie Aguon

• Mark Dave Terlaje Pangelinan Jr., Marianas High School, High School Proficiency. Coaches: Anita Sablan, Cynthia Pangelinan, Andrew Santos Sablan.

• Pio Nogis, Marianas High School, High School Male Singer. Coaches: Anita Sablan, Cynthia Pangelinan, Andrew Santos Sablan.

• Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, Middle School Choral Reading fourth place. Coaches: Gloria Rasiang and Maryann Flores.

Dandan Middle School won third place in Middle School Choral Reading at the Chamorro Language and Cultural Performing Arts Competition on March 9-10 at the University of Guam.   Contributed photos

“This shows that our students are learning the indigenous language taught to them in the classroom by our hardworking Chamorro and Carolinian teachers,” Barcinas said.

He thanked school leaders for their continued support for the bilingual program and for allowing the students to participate and showcase their skills on Guam.

“We also thank the parents for believing in the teachers and we hope that they, too can teach their children to speak their native language as well. It is everyone's responsibility to revitalize our language in every shape and form.”

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