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Chacha school tops caroling, parade-float contests

CHACHA Oceanview Middle School won the caroling and parade-float competitions in the 16th annual Christmas in the Marianas event on Saturday.

Chacha bested four other middle schools to win $1,000 in the caroling contest and another $1,000 for its float entry.

“The students worked very hard, and they made it happen,” Chacha caroling coordinator Nadia Murphy said, adding that the 32 carolers practiced every day for a month.

Chacha Oceanview Middle School students take part in the Christmas in the Marianas parade in downtown Garapan, Saturday.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Another Chacha event coordinator, Ronnie Aguon, said they also worked hard to set up their float.

“This was a team effort,” he said, adding that they will strive to defend their title next year.

Finishing second in the caroling contest for middle schools was Green Meadow Middle School which won $750. Third was Northern Marianas International School, $500; fourth, Saipan International Middle School, $300; and fifth, Hopwood Junior High School which also received $300.

In the elementary school category, San Vicente won the first prize of $1,000; Oleai was second, $750; Koblerville, third, $500; Northern Marianas International School, fourth, $300; Green Meadow Elementary School, fifth, $300; and Kagman, sixth, $300.

In the high school category, Kagman placed first and received $1,000 while Marianas was second and received $750.

Participating in the parade were the Awaodori Team of PDM Promoters Inc. led by chief executive officer Misako Kamata; Koblerville Elementary School; Northern Marianas International School; Marianas High School; Green Meadow School; Chacha Oceanview Middle School;; the Marianas Visitors Authority; and the Department of Public Safety.

Also taking part in the parade were Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, who wore a Santa Claus costume, and his staff members.

Participating in the costume cat walk presentation were students from Marianas High School, Northern Marianas International School, Koblerville Elementary School, Green Meadow School, Saipan Community School, Chacha Oceanview Middle School, Kagman High School, San Vicente Elementary School and Oleai Elementary School.

All participants showcased costumes made of recycled materials and each received $30.

This year’s Christmas in the Marianas event was organized by the Marianas Visitors Authority and PDM Promoters Inc.

MVA event coordinator Lyn Sablan said the presentations were way beyond expectations. “The crowd was really large,” she added. “Everything was a great success.”