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DA’OK Academy on Thursday held a commencement ceremony for 24 students, drive-through style, in the Fiesta Resort parking lot.

Da’ok interim principal Jonathan Aguon said it was the largest graduating class in the three-year history of the academy.

In 2017, Da’ok had six graduates only, he added.

Before the distribution of diplomas and awards on Thursday, the school also held a motorcade. 

Alvaughnna Pua received the Overall Outstanding Achievement Award and subject area awards in Math, Science, and English Language Arts. 

Pua was also the recipient of the Women’s Affairs Office Outstanding Female Graduate Award, which recognizes her excellence in leadership. 

Graduation is a milestone for any young person’s life, and it merits celebration, Da’ok Academy interim principal Jonathan Aguon said.

He thanked the management and staff of Fiesta Resort as well as Tan Holdings for sponsoring the event.  “They made this event so much more special for our biggest graduating class. Fiesta Resort general manager Wendi Herring was willing to offer her support to the academy. Her team, which included senior human resources manager Pina Magofna, F&B director Das Krishnan, operations director Sean Kim and staff, were instrumental in coordinating the event.”

 Da’ok Academy holds a drive-through style graduation ceremony in the Fiesta Resort parking lot on Thursday morning.


 Bruce Romolor, second left, is the Governor’s Award recipient. Also in photo are Da’ok Academy interim principal Jonathan Aguon, left, associate education commissioners Jackie Quitugua and Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan, and Small Business Development Center director Nicole Babauta.


Alvaughnna Pua, second left, receives several awards and recognition, including the Overall Outstanding Achievement Award. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

To comply with social distancing directive, each graduate was asked to stay in his or her vehicle. They were only allowed to step outside when their names were called to get their diploma and awards and pose for a photo with Da’ok Academy and Public School System officials.

Each of the graduates was given a custom made Da’ok Academy face mask.

Public School System officials Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan, Jackie Quitugua, and Dr. Bobby Cruz were also present, along with staffers of the Student Support Services Office, the Instructional Technology Program, and other high school principals.

Asked about the coming school year, Aguon said they may organize Da’ok Academy differently “to be responsive to the Covid-19 crisis.”

He said PSS is considering options to open schools while ensuring the safety of students, educators, support staff and their families.

Da’ok Academy registration is generally on a referral basis.  “Students and parents can see their school principal about transferring to Da’ok Academy,” Aguon said.  They can also contact him via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Da’ok Academy

Da’ok Academy provides an alternative learning environment for high school students. 

The academy believes “in an individualized learning approach and tailors an education plan specific to each child.  Further, a strong school culture and robust support system is integral to the mission of the academy.  The school has five teachers, one counselor, and one school principal.”


Outstanding Female Graduate Award - Alvaughnna Pua

Governor's Award - Bruce Romolor

Principal's Award - Jake Rabauliman

Shark Award - Travis Galang

Overall Outstanding Academic Achievement         - Alvaughnna Pua

Math Award - Alvaughnna Pua

Social Studies Award    - Patrick Acosta

English Language Arts Award - Alvaughnna Pua

Science Award - Alvaughnna Pua

The graduates

  1. Patrick Junior Chisato Acosta
  2. Nathan U. Asanuma
  3. J-Lyn Billy
  4. Derick Peter DLC. Blas
  5. Bert Jacob Castro
  6. Aprilyn Daikichy Chipwelong
  7. Jacinto S. Cruz
  8. Jovanavin T. Dela Cruz
  9. Rommel Travis Mettao Galang
  10. Keone Mcquire Hiroichi
  11. Guillermo Brandon Itibus
  12. Rejay Teregeyo Ishikawa
  13. Dive Yi Sheng Lin
  14. Markisha Gernay Manalo
  15. Seirrumwi Maggie Nung S. Nekaifes
  16. Tyler Jude Ngeskebei
  17. Andruw Antero Rogolifoi Omelau
  18. Alvaughnna Ruth Deleon Guerrero Pua
  19. Jake Zachary I. Rabauliman
  20. Bruce Kikku Romolor
  21. Kavahnalynn Chloe Lizama Serrilo
  22. Mikaela Sokau Siksei
  23. Allison Sumor
  24. (declined to be identified)


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