Tinian Jr. High School promotes 43 students

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TINIAN Jr.-Sr. High School promoted 43 eighth graders to high school in a virtual ceremony.

School principal Dionne Santos said they will start distributing certificates and awards on June 9 on campus.

The video of the virtual promotion ceremony, which has been posted on the Facebook page of the school, includes congratulatory messages and words of encouragement from Board of Education Tinian member Phillip Mendiola-Long and Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada.

“The community is proud of you for finishing [8th grade] even faced with the Covid-19 pandemic,” Mendiola-Long said. “You kept your head high, you graduated with honor. We apologize for not giving you a traditional graduation. You didn’t deserve it to happen this way.”

Jaedon Clyde Fabreag Lenteja is class valedictorian.

Clarize Paraiso Rodriguez is class salutatorian.

 Not giving up and their perseverance to continue despite the situation are the true grit of the Class of 2020, Mendiola-Long added.

Commissioner Ada, for his part, told the promotees to “savor the magnitude of your accomplishment and let this feeling of success never be forgotten.”

The Covid-19 pandemic, he said, has presented the students two options: “You can choose to let struggles rob you of the opportunity to celebrate or you can choose the smallest glimmer of hope to catalyze a tsunami of memories that speak of your incredible resilience.”

He advised them to choose the latter and always remember the “obstacles, hardships and how you toppled them.”

Jaedon Clyde Fabreag Lenteja is the class valedictorian while Clarize Paraiso Rodriguez is the class salutatorian.

Lenteja said the school closure and the limited personal contact haunted him and he became less motivated. “I believe that I am not alone with this sentiment.”

He said some his classmates were not interested in the promotion ceremony. “But thanks to our ever-supportive parents, our awesome principal and school staff who showed genuine concern and care for us, this first-ever virtual promotion was realized.”

Lenteja thanked his teachers for helping him prepare for high school. He is also grateful to his parents and other family members who instilled in him the value of pursuing self-improvement.

“Starting high school during this pandemic will be different,” he said, “but we will continue to strive. We should accept change, or else we would not accomplish anything. Let us accept change and continue to keep moving.”

If there is one thing she learned in middle school, Rodriguez said it was team work.

By working together, she said, her team accomplished its goals.

Besides helping her family in performing chores at home and being an active church member, Rodriguez was also president of the National Junior Honor Society, a member of other school clubs, including the mock trial and volleyball teams.

She thanked her parents, friends and teachers for supporting her and teaching her to be a better person.

Top students

1) Jaedon Clyde Fabreag Lenteja, valedictorian — Board of Education Award

2) Clarize Paraiso Rodriguez, salutatorian — Commissioner of Education Award

3) Edward Benedict Mangubat Tirona

4) Edgard Llanora Acollador II — Principal’s Award

5) Joseph Romaldo Hofschneider Santos, Jr.

6) Miyako Kalissa Cruz San Nicolas and Jose Jr. Atalig Adriano

7) Jun Jie Luo

8) Kelvin Malicdem Shrestha

9) Gloria Margarita Santos

10 Elani Mae Esmedilla Borja


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