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Mayor lauds Tinian’s Class of 2020

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TINIAN Mayor Edwin Aldan congratulated the members of the island’s Class of 2020, saying they are the generation of innovators and creators.

The mayor also congratulated Deamarie Aubrey Patio as the 2020 recipient of the Tinian Mayor’s Award.     

“The Tinian leadership and community are proud of you Deamarie, and all the graduates of the Class of 2020! Now go out there and navigate the road called adulthood and figure out the path that you would like to carve out, my dear graduates of 2020,” Aldan said.

“On behalf of myself, my wife Ochie, the Tinian leadership, and the people of Tinian, I would like to extend to you all a heartfelt congratulations and job well done,” he said to the graduating class of Tinian Jr./Sr. High School.

In his message to the graduates, the mayor said, “To achieve something great does not come from taking the easy and well-established path that everyone is on.”    

He said it would come from “taking risks and being ready to try new things that put the students in a position where it is very possible they will fail.”     

He added, “There is nothing wrong with failing if the goal is to learn, try again, apply what you learned, try again, and continue learning until you fulfill your dream.”

Aldan said the Class of 2020 belongs to a generation that has grown up and is comfortable with experiencing change.

“Your generation grew up with smart phones and smart watches, as well as the ever-evolving Internet.      Change is normal for your generation. In fact, your generation expects change,” he added.

The municipal government, he said, expects the graduating class to be part of change and its agent.

“So, remember that your high school diploma is your certified, authentic, official permission slip to try, fail, learn, adjust, try again, then succeed,” Aldan said. “A leader learns from failure, adjusts, and presses on.”

The mayor also thanked the administration, teachers and other staff of TJSHS, Tinian Elementary School, the Head Start, St. Joseph School and Grace Christian Academy for “continuing to provide opportunities” to their students “to be the best that they can be and realize their full potential.”

He added, “On behalf of the people of Tinian, heartfelt congratulations again to the Stallion Class of 2020 and the proud parents, grandparents, and guardians who made this happen.”

Tinian Junior-Senior High School held its virtual recognition week for the Class of 2020 from June 1 to 5, 2020. The school graduation motorcade is set for June 8, starting at 4 p.m.

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