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THE Kagman High School Class of 2020, consisting of 108 seniors, graduated on Wednesday.

The ceremony started at 10 a.m. with a motorcade that started in Marpi and proceeded to San Roque, Tanapag, Lower Base, Puerto Rico, Susupe, Chalan Kanoa, San Antonio, Koblerville, As Lito, Dandan, San Vicente, Capital Hill and then to Kagman High School, where the graduates received their diplomas and awards, drive-thru style.

Among the community members who stood on the roadside to wave at the passing motorcade on Capital Hill were Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and lawmakers.

“It was amazing and uplifting to see the incredible spirit displayed by our graduates, their families, and the community today,” Rep. Ivan Blanco said. “What a great turnout. I salute and congratulate our 2020 graduates and wish them well on their next educational journey.”

Joining Blanco on the roadside was his son Ivan Sablan Blanco, “He’s here because some of the graduates were his classmates at Chacha Oceanview Middle School,” the lawmaker said.

Hannah Pangelinan Palacios, valedictorian.


Thomas William Dela Cruz Benavente, salutatorian.



Kagman High School held a motorcade on Wednesday morning for the Class of 2020. Many community members were out on the street to wave at the students and their families. Contributed photos

His son graduated in March from Xavier High School in Chuuk while his daughter, Lilly, is a KHS alumna.

KHS principal Leila Staffler said, “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the families and friends, and our community for supporting our Class of 2020 and also to the commissioner of education and our Board of Education for ensuring that our high school seniors are able to move on to the next level.”

A pre-recorded video featured the speeches of the top two graduates of the Class of 2020.

Salutatorian Thomas Benavente said he was overwhelmed by the support of the community.

He will attend Dixie State University in Utah and major in computer science.

In his salutatory address, Benavente said the Class of 2020 was no stranger to a shortened school year.

“We had much of our eighth grade promotion year taken away because of Typhoon Soudelor [in 2015]. We had much of our junior year stripped because of Typhoon Yutu [in 2018],” he said.

Then there is the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which Benavente said has robbed the Class of 2020 of many events that most of them were looking forward to happen — Cultural Day, pep rally, prom and a traditional graduation ceremony.

But, he added, “I truly believe in this Class of 2020 — I stand beside the future educators, executives of Joeten, Precinct 5 representatives, and even the future governor. We all now must look forward and continue hoping for the best.”

Class of 2020 valedictorian Hannah Pangelinan Palacios said graduating at the top of her class is an achievement that was made possible through hard work, dedication and help and support from family, teachers and friends. “I would always ask my teachers and classmates for extra help. I would stay up late and work. I struggled to keep up and it made me realize how much I could endure,” she said.

To the Class of 2020, she said, “I wish the best for each and every one of you, and I pray that you have the strength to overcome the hardships you may have to face in life. I pray that your words and actions will inspire others to be the best version of themselves. I pray that you receive many blessings, and always strive to realize your fullest potential.”

Palacios will attend Goldey Beacom College in Delaware and study marketing management.

Top 10

1) Hannah Pangelinan Palacios, valedictorian

2) Thomas William Dela Cruz Benavente, salutatorian

3) Nina Lauren Fugaban Valdisimo

4) Anhkiet Milad Huynh Jr.

5) Dionne Monique Sakisat Torres

6) Kiesha Ann Tudela Duenas

7) Jennifer Thorie Chong Muna

8) Aira May Napalinga Ngalongalo

9) Pedro Jesus Aldan Maratita

10) Margo Adel Ilisari Quitugua

Honorable mention: Kyanna Victoria Lizama Norita


Board of Education Award – Hannah Palacios

Commissioner of Education Award – Thomas Benavente

Governor’s Award – Thomas Benavente

Mayor’s Award – Aira Ngalongalo

Outstanding Female Graduate – Nina Valdisimo

Principal’s Award – Trudicio Romolor, Jerylyn Olupomar

PTSA Award – Dionne Torres, Angela Manibusan

Departmental awards

  • English Language Arts: Thomas William Dela Cruz Benavente, Kiesha Ann Tudela Duenas, Dionne Monique Sakisat Torres
  • Science: Anthony Kevin Ada Agulto Jr., Margo Adel Ilisari Quitugua
  • Art: Kelly Ann Sablan Pangelinan, Chloe Margaret Tagabuel Ramon
  • Cooperative Education: Jemalynn Aureyah Pangelinan Iguel, Glenn Michael Lizama Schardt Jr.
  • Math: Thomas William Dela Cruz Benavente, Hannah Pangelinan Palacios
  • Social Studies: Thomas William Dela Cruz Benavente, Dionne Monique Sakisat Torres
  • Computers: Jovan Dewayne Rosario Camacho, Diony Jr. Reyes Camacho
  • Foreign Language: Vioncee Mahea Villagomez Reyes, Kyanna Victoria Lizama Norita, Nina Lauren Fugaban Valdisimo
  • Physical Education: Kyanna Victoria Lizama Norita, Jennifer Thorie Chong Muna, Samuel James Quitugua Noisom Alvarez
  • Culinary Art: Dionne Monique Sakisat Torres, Keith Gerard Maratita Villagomez





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