157 seniors graduate from KHS

KAGMAN High School principal Leila Staffler on Wednesday presented to the public the 157 members of Class of 2019, saying they are the products of the Public School System, the CNMI government and the community.

“These are our future leaders,” Staffler said in her remarks. “These are going to be the people who are going to run our departments, to take care of us when we are at the hospital, when we need counseling and when we need police officers to keep the safety and peace of our islands.”

Kagman High School’s graduation ceremony was held at American Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioKagman High School’s graduation ceremony was held at American Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

She said Kagman High School’s goal is to make its students contributing members of the community “so that we can continue to grow our community.”

KHS’ top senior this year is Britney Camacho Takai.

In her valedictory address, Takai said she wanted to share her award with everyone “because we all suffered and we will conquer.”

She recounted that throughout their high-school life, the islands were battered with three devastating typhoons. “We are truly resilient and we can fight through any storm. We are the Class of 2019, unafraid of any challenge,” she added.

“Thank you to the hard-working teachers and staff at KHS who prioritized not only our education, but our ability to succeed in the future. We will make you proud,” Takai said. She also thanked her family and friends for their support.

Takai will attend Boise State University and major in biology. She said she is fascinated with criminal justice as well as with humans and life itself.

“I want to come back and be a forensic scientist,” Takai said in an interview.

It was when she participated in the STEP-UP research program that she realized that she wanted to be a forensic scientist.

De Faustina Joseph Camacho, the class salutatorian, thanked her parents, teachers and other mentors for preparing her and her fellow graduates for their future.

Camacho will attend Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she will major in psychology.

Awardees

Britney C. Takai

Board of Education Award – Britney Camacho Takai

Commissioner’s Award – De Faustina Joseph Camacho

Governor’s Outstanding Student Award – De Faustina Joseph Camacho

Principal’s Award – Nicolas Neal Cangco Nekai Jr.

Top 10 students

1) Britney Camacho Takai

2) De Faustina Joseph Camacho

3) Genzo Matua Suzuki Gonzales

4) Kyle Peter Tanate San Nicolas

5) Kristine Mae Quitayen Palmes

6) Mika Sarsua Bandoja

7) Marc Angelo Pickrell Borja

8) Mariecris Aguila Estal

9) Jose Dyangelo Camacho Cabrera

10) Mark Anthony Pantola Dilay