35 graduate from Tinian High School

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TINIAN Jr.-Sr. High School has been virtually celebrating and honoring its 35 graduating seniors since June 1.

The school administration has been posting on its Facebook page videos of congratulatory messages from Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, Board of Education Chairwoman Janice Tenorio, BOE member Phillip Mendiola-Long, Senate Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider, Mayor Edwin Aldan and school principal Dionne B. Santos.

“I am pained that you won’t have a traditional ceremony to be honored and recognized on a stage, which you all dreamed of throughout your high school years,” Santos said in her message. “But I am excited for you all to be the first class in our school’s history to be honored and recognized on a global stage, through a virtual platform.”



Anne Francesca Libut Sanchez, Class of 2020 valedictorian.


Deamarie Aubrey Rempillo Patio, Class of 2020 salutatorian. Contributed photos

On Monday afternoon, the school held a motorcade for the 35 graduates from the school campus to Kammer Beach, YCC, Broadway and Canal St. and then back to the school for the presentation of awards and diplomas, drive-through style.

“I am excited that you all get to be recognized by our community as you convoy through the village,” the school principal said. “You deserve this recognition for achieving this milestone. But I am most excited that you all will continue to charge into the future resilient, courageous, ambitious and fearless. Continue to strive for excellence because it is your destiny to do great things.”

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the Class of 2020 is the pioneer of a new era. “Your graduation is, in fact, grand and historic. The Class of 2020 will forever be remembered as the class that overcame the odds and finished strong.”

For facing difficult challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and overcoming them by finishing high school, Hofschneider said the Class of 2020 gained tools that can improve the lives of others. “As you embark into the new chapter of your life, I encourage you all to use these to make this ‘new world’ a better place.”

Mendiola-Long recognized the graduates for not giving up their education despite the Covid-19 challenge and the closure of their school. “You continued. You persevered. That is the true grit of Class of 2020.”

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Anne Francesca Libut Sanchez is the Class of 2020 valedictorian, while Deamarie Aubrey Rempillo Patio is the salutatorian.

The videos of their valedictory and salutatory addresses are posted on the Facebook page of the school.

For Sanchez, her high school life is a mix of stress, tension and good experiences.

She recounted her first drill competition, her first military ball, and her experience with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

She said the National Honor Society and its advisors taught her the true values of service and citizenship.

She remembers focusing on her academics while taking leadership roles and completing 30-40 hours of community service per quarter.

“When I was informed that I was the class valedictorian…this made me believe that hard work and effort truly help you achieve your goals,” Sanchez said.

She thanked her family, teachers, instructors and mentors for their support. She also thanked her friends on Tinian and in the Philippines.

Patio said she has so many things to be thankful for. But she said she, like the other students, was disappointed for missing the last several months of the school year and for ending her senior year by saying goodbye to her classmates through a screen.

“Change can be scary,” Patio said, referring to the way the Covid-19 pandemic changed everyone’s lives. “But we are still able to find ways to adapt, to keep moving, to keep pushing through the online courses, finishing our learning packets and doing everything digitally…I am proud of us. We truly are a bright and resilient group.”

Like Sanchez, Patio is grateful to her teachers, other mentors and friends for supporting her.

She thanked her family, especially her father, for always reminding her to “always study hard.”

Top 10

1) Anne Francesca Libut Sanchez, valedictorian — Board of Education Award, Governor’s Award, Outstanding Female Graduate Award

2) Deamarie Aubrey Rempillo, salutatorian — Commissioner of Education Award, Mayor’s Award

3) Ryana Espartero Diaz

4) Julia Raine Medina Biton

5) Kaia Jade Fleming Lazaro

6) Ina Jae Cepeda Dela Cruz

7) Charlene Grace Linis Danganan — Principal’s Award, PTSA Award

8) Shanice Jorgette Arriola King

9) Keyla Borja Flores

10) Joelina Marcella Piloto Untalan



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