GMS 2020 commencement exercise highlights

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(GMS) — School year 2019-2020 was a remarkably memorable period in the lives of many  students not only from Green Meadow School but throughout the world. The Covid-19 pandemic changed the traditional way of celebrating the graduation ceremony.

Nevertheless, GMS administration, teachers, staff, students, and parents were able to collaborate and create a simple way to recognize and highlight the achievements of the Falcons while safety and distance protocols were in place.

On July 3, 2020, the 17th Kindergarten, 10th Elementary, and 2nd Middle School Commencement Exercises were held at the multi-purpose center in Susupe, Saipan.

School president Glenn Songcuan’s opening remarks encouraged the graduating students to keep soaring high with resilience and determination despite the challenges that come their way.

GMS principal Milagros Songcuan congratulated the Falcons and advised them to continue achieving their dreams with flying colors with an inspirational quote from Oscar Wilde, “Success doesn’t rush; the greatest reward is the journey.”

Eighth grade valedictorian, Joseph Victor Jimenez, in his speech, quoted Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” He believes that the lessons he learned in school will be open opportunities in the near future.

Salutatorian Areeza Gaile Anda, expressed her gratitude to her parents, teachers, friends, classmates, and most especially God for being a part of her journey. Her rollercoaster experiences in school have challenged and brought out the best in her.

“I told myself, if someone can, why can’t I?” This is what Louise Elesha Manansala, 5th grade valedictorian, kept on telling herself. This question motivates her to do her best. And she did!


The 8th grade Class of 2020


Eighth grade valedictorian Joseph Victor Jimenez with his parents.


Areeza Gaile Anda, the salutatorian, with her parents and sister.


The soft-spoken 5th grade valedictorian Louise Elesha Manansala with her parents.


Salutatorian and Best in Arithmetic, Paula Angela E. Bernardo, poses with her family. GMS photos

Paula Angela E. Bernardo, 5th grade salutatorian,  showed her love and gratitude to her parents when she proudly told the audience that her goal in life is to always make her parents proud. She also added that when she grows older, she will help her family in any way she can.

Kinder5- valedictorian, Roanne DC Palma and salutatorian Jadynn T. Palacios from the school’s Gualo Rai branch dedicated their achievements in school to their parents and grandparents who supported and guided them in their studies.

Chalan Kiya branch Kinder-5 valedictorian Paul James Mendoza and salutatorian Jade Haven Quindoza bade their classmates and friends farewell but excitedly looked forward to 1st grade.

Kinder-3, valedictorians Liam Roi Buston (Chalan Kiya) and Dylan Jon Pangelinan  (Gualo Rai) with the salutatorians Jaira Hope Quindoza ( Chalan Kiya) and Nathan Angelo Reyes (Gualo Rai) thanked their parents, teachers, staff and the administration for their love and support.

The commencement exercises were short but truly worth remembering.

Enrollment for school year 2020-2021 is still ongoing. For inquiries, please call 235-2185.

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