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Tinian’s Class of 2019 sails away to graduation

TINIAN — “Not all storms come to disturb your life. Some come to clear your path to success.” This adaptation of a quote by Nitin Arora was the quote the graduating Class of 2019 chose. It displays the vigilance and perseverance of these brave individuals through the hardships of Super Typhoon Yutu.

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“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path to success.” — Class of 2019 quote Honor Guard team, by row, from left, Cadet Cpl. Elvie Dominguiano, Cadet Pfc. Cheraline Epity, Cadet Pfc. Yesha Reyes, Cadet Pvt. Elcy John, Cadet Pfc. Henry San Nicolas Jr., Cadet Staff Sgt. William Tudela, Cadet Cpl. Kyle Pabolario, and Cadet Sgt. Kiran Shrestha
Color Guard Team, from left, Cadet Staff Sgt. Clarence Rodriguez, Cadet Staff Sgt. Tasi Long (commander), Cadet Cpl. Gener Abaga, and Cadet Cpl. Emiliana King. Presentation of diplomas.  Contributed photos

We had to say our final goodbyes to these students on the 10th day of June 2019. The ceremony took place at the Antonio M. Borja amphitheater starting at 4 o’clock. For the commencement program, the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies were Mr. Ervin Cruz and Ms. Janessa Aquino. The JROTC Stallion Battalion Honor Guard team welcomed the graduates who fashionably proceeded to their seats. The members of the team were Cadet Pvt. Elcy John, Cadet Pfc. Yesha Reyes, Cadet Pfc. Henry San Nicolas Jr., Cadet Pfc. Cheraline Epity, Cadet Cpl. Elvie Dominguiano, Cadet Cpl. Kyle Pabolario, Cadet Sgt. Kiran Shrestha, and Cadet Staff Sgt. William Tudela, along with Cadet Staff Sgt. Tasi Long commanding.

The JROTC Color Guard team, consisting of Cadet Staff Sgt. Clarence Rodriguez, Cadet Staff Sgt. Tasi Long (commander), Cadet Cpl. Gener Abaga, and Cadet Cpl. Emiliana King posted the colors. The national and CNMI anthems were harmoniously sung by Cadet Sgt. Cielo and Isa Long.

Kicking off the ceremony, Ms. Dionne Santos, the principal of Tinian Jr./Sr, High School, embraced everyone with her welcoming remarks. The crowd was amped up with Mr. Phillip Mendiola Long’s (Board of Education member) motivational congratulatory remarks and were inspired by the words from Mr. Glenn Muna (Commissioner of Education). Finally yet importantly, to give a sensational keynote address was the vice principal of Tinian Jr./Sr. High School Ms. Martina Diaz.

The Class of 2019 Valedictorian Colleen Aquiningoc and Class of 2019 Salutatorian Lesley Mahilum both gave their speeches. Proceeding after that was the presentation of special awards, the introduction of Top 10 graduates, certifications, diplomas, turning of tassels, and senior tribute (“When We Were Younger” by SOJA). What was awe-inspiring was the tribute the seniors did for their parents. They paraded down holding roses in their hands and gave it to their loved ones.

Out of the Top 10 graduates, six of them were part of the award-winning JROTC Stallion Battalion. Those graduates were Jovilyn Ancheta, Carmina Borja, Anthony Canlas, Isa Rae Dela Cruz, Jodrik Mendiola, and Renuka Shrestha.

It may be hard to say goodbye, but there is a greater feeling that comes when you take your first step out there. Graduates, you already took the first step by making it to the ceremony. Now, it is time to take the next step into the journey of building your future. It only goes up from here. Congratulations, Class of 2019.

Hooah!