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NMC celebrates 37th Charter Day

NORTHERN Marianas College recognized its students and staff who have demonstrated excellence during the celebration of its 37th Charter Day on Friday.

“This year, we are celebrating our employees and students. We are recognizing them for all their hard work and dedication to NMC and to the community,” NMC President Carmen Fernandez said in an interview.

Among those recognized were:

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Sirley Blas, second left, is NMC Staff of the Year. Also in photo are NMC President Carmen Fernandez and members of the Board of Regents.
The Nursing Club is the Student Organization of the Year.
Manny Castro, second  left, is NMC Supervisor of the Year.
Goddhy Taitingfong, third left, topped the Proa Factor talent competition. Also in photo are the judges: IT&E marketing director Michelle Camacho, NMC marketing coordinator Victoria Deleon Guerrero; 2018 Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera; NMC records administrator Jennifer Hansen; and Marianas High School teacher Harold Easton.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
  • Dawn Sablan – Student of the Year. She is commended for her passion in helping members of the community, especially individuals with disabilities. She also volunteered and was involved in the Marianas March Against Cancer in 2016 and 2017.  Sablan is majoring in rehabilitation and human services and will be graduating this May.
  • Shirley Blas – Staff of the Year. She is a valuable staff member of NMC for more than 16 years. She has also been involved in numerous on- and off-campus activities such as NMC Start Smart, the Marianas March Against Cancer, and the annual Lady Diann Torres Foundation Christmas Village Lighting project.
  • Solyann Takai Nakamura – Non-Instructional Faculty of the Year. She has demonstrated a desire to learn new technologies and develop her teaching methods. She has also taken a leadership role in the day-to-day management of the As Pardido Research Center and has shown motivation to help the center succeed. She constantly strives to learn new agricultural practices and disseminate those ideas to others.
  • Amanda Angel Diaz – NMC’s Faculty of the Year. She is known for her empathy when working with students. She has been responsible for organizing and supervising teaching practicums for more than eight years and has been working closely with public and private schools. She collaborates with various school administrators to continually provide real world teaching experiences for NMC students. She has also helped to advocate for more equitable compensation for faculty members.
  • Manny Castro – Supervisor of the Year. He has over eight years of service with NMC and continues to be proactive in solving problems. He is very resourceful in developing and implementing innovative activities to improve student learning and satisfaction.
  • NMC Nursing Club – Student Organization of the Year. The group advocates for healthier lifestyle by providing monthly blood pressure and blood sugar screenings at the Borja Library and in the Student Center of NMC. The Nursing Club also participates in every community activity held in the CNMI, from Xterra and Tagaman to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation health fair. The club was recently recognized by CHCC for its valuable role in a hypertension outreach project.

The NMC Charter Day celebration started at 4 p.m. and ended at past 10 p.m.

Among its highlights was the Proa Factor talent competition, which featured eight young local people who showcased their talents in dancing, singing and magic.

Kagman High School rapper Goddy Taitingfong won first place for performing an original composition titled “Lifestyle.”

Travis Kaliga placed second while the youngest contestant Bernice Sabino finished third.

In an interview, Taitingfong said he felt amazing to finally win first place.  “Last year, I got second place. I was aiming for first but when I was performing I got nervous,” he said. “This year, I didn’t expect that I could even make it to the audition. But I told myself that it was no time to mess up and that if I got nervous to just enjoy the moment.”

Frankie Eliptico, NMC interim vice president for administration and advancement, said 20 people auditioned for Proa Factor and eight contestants were chosen after a rigorous audition.

The other Proa Factor contestants were Donato Santiago, Nathan Ada,  John Benig, Juliet Innocencio and Neil Fama.

Simon Necesito won the spicy-eating contest.

 “We are very happy with the Charter Day turnout,” Eliptico said. “We see a lot of students from all of the different schools in the CNMI and NMC students as well. We are very pleased that everybody is celebrating college’s 37th birthday.”

He noted that all the performers volunteered their time to share their talents with the community.