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13 graduate from Da’ok Academy

THIRTEEN senior students on Thursday graduated from Da’ok Academy.

At the second annual commencement exercises held at PIC-Charley’s Cabaret, academy principal Eric Evangelista thanked the parents, the Public School System, the teachers and staff for their patience and support extended to the students.

“Not every student is good in math and it should not be a deterrent for him to become an artist. Every student is a different learner with a different dream. Let us all celebrate the differences,” he said.

The members of Da’ok Academy’s Class of 2019 are Efrain Palacios Camacho, Wilfredo Jr. Francisco, Moesha Jeanel Cabrera Kaipat, Donovan Yoshiki Kapileo, Franklin Lizama, Mark Hadley Manahane, Keith Casey Manuel, Francisco Olopai, Trygve Anthony Palacios, Vincent Bert Sallem Robert, Gregory Manuel Dela Rosa Sablan Jr., Rush Mathew Blas Tatuwo, and Mika Michelle Rios Tokyo.

Thirteen students received their high school diplomas during Da’ok Academy’s second annual commencement exercises at PIC-Charley’s Cabaret on Thursday.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. LirioThirteen students received their high school diplomas during Da’ok Academy’s second annual commencement exercises at PIC-Charley’s Cabaret on Thursday. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Donovan Yoshiki Kapileo received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and was named the Best in Math and Social Studies.

In an interview, Kapileo said he was not expecting to get awards, adding that all he wanted was to finish high school.

Kapileo previously attended Kagman High School before transferring to Da’ok Academy. He plans to join the Air Force.

The Principal’s Award went to Wilfredo Jr. Francisco, who could not make it to the graduation ceremony because he was attending a military boot camp.

The Shark Award went to Trygve Anthony Palacios who also received the Language Arts Award. He finished high school in the first semester and has moved to the mainland U.S.

The Governor’s Leadership Award went to Franklin Lizama.

In her congratulatory remarks, Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan, an associated education commissioner, told the students that it took her 10 years to get her bachelor’s degree.

Life after high school, she added, “is not going to be easy and you are going to fail and you are going to fall.” But, she said, “I guarantee you, if you want it badly you will get back up and you will get it.”

She cited some of the successful people who started from scratch, including J.K. Rowling who was on welfare and a single mother when she wrote Harry Potter; Walt Disney, who was told he had no imagination and had very bad ideas; and Katy Perry, a high school dropout who became a pop superstar.