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NMI students win top prizes in Chamorro language competition on Guam

CNMI students excelled in the Chamorro language competition hosted by the University of Guam on March 11 and 12.

Tinian High School topped the cultural chant category. In the poster/drawing contest, William S. Reyes Elementary School’s Brianna Deleon Guerrero won first place in the K-2 division while Geeliana Deleon Guerrero finished first in the 3-5 division.

Marianas High School’s Coloma Castro won first place in oratory; Derik Reyes won first place in male solo song while Laurina Sebaklim placed second in female solo.

Victoria Dela Cruz, also of MHS, finished second in poetry. In the essay-writing contest, Victoria Dela Cruz was first and fellow MHS students Antoine Rabago and Mary Frances Tenorio were second and third.

Hopwood Middle School won first place in choral reading at the Chamorro language competition hosted by the University of Guam on March 11-12.  Contributed photoHopwood Middle School won first place in choral reading at the Chamorro language competition hosted by the University of Guam on March 11-12. Contributed photo

Hopwood Middle School was first in choral reading; Kagman Elementary School finished third in the elementary division; and Marianas High School topped the dramatic interpretation and song and dance categories.

According to Jonas Barcinas, Public School System Chamorro-Carolinian Language and Heritage program manager, they sent 46 students to compete in the annual language and cultural competition.

“The intent of sending our students to Guam is to give them the opportunity to share their pieces and what they have learned in the classroom,” he said.

“We find it important for our students to be involved in events like this so they can help sustain and strengthen our indigenous cultural heritage, language and traditions.”

Those who represented the CNMI on Guam were the winners in the Commonwealth-wide competition that took place at Garapan Elementary School on Feb. 15 and 16.