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Over 400 students participate in cultural arts competition

ABOUT 450 students participated in the second annual cultural performing arts competition hosted by the Public School System’s Chamorro-Carolinian Language Heritage Studies program on Friday and Saturday at Garapan Elementary School.

Program director Jonas Barcinas said students from all schools on Saipan, Tinian and Rota vied in nine different categories.

Andrea Saito of Francisco M. Sablan Middle School topped the essay-writing contest while William S. Reyes Elementary School’s Briana Deleon Guerrero finished first in the drawing/poster making category. 

Chacha Oceanview Middle School brought home the trophy for storytelling.

About 450 students from public schools on Saipan, Tinian and Rota participated in the cultural performing arts competition hosted by the Public School System’s Chamorro-Carolinian Language and Heritage Studies program.About 450 students from public schools on Saipan, Tinian and Rota participated in the cultural performing arts competition hosted by the Public School System’s Chamorro-Carolinian Language and Heritage Studies program.

The other winners:

Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr./Sr. High School — oration

William S. Reyes Elementary School — children’s choir category

Kagman Elementary School — choral reading

Tinian Jr./Sr. High School —cultural dance and chant award

Marianas High School —contemporary dance and best in solo singing

Students from Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, Tanapag Middle School and Hopwood Middle School receive medals for choral reading during the second annual cultural performing arts competition.  Contributed photosStudents from Francisco M. Sablan Middle School, Tanapag Middle School and Hopwood Middle School receive medals for choral reading during the second annual cultural performing arts competition. Contributed photos

Barcinas said he expected fewer participants this year because there was not much time for teachers and students to prepare for the competition.

“But this year’s event was still a success despite the short time for preparation,” he added as he expressed appreciation for the enthusiasm of the students and the support of the PSS leadership.

“This annual event plays a very important role in our effort to preserve, perpetuate and promote our indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian language and cultural heritage. It is not just about bringing the schools together to compete, but also to celebrate our unique and valuable indigenous culture,” Barcinas added.

 “The annual competition is just an extension of the learning that is taking place in the classroom. The event is just another aspect of the positive learning engagement we provide the students. We  encourage our students to not just focus on their individual identities, but to also learn to appreciate other cultures within their own community regardless of where they come from.”