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Dandan school promotes 112 eighth graders

DANDAN Middle School promoted 112 eighth graders to high school on June 11.

School principal Lynn Mendiola described the promotees as a “unique” group of students.

For example, she said, 93 of the 126 students or 74 percent scored a grade level in math equivalent to 11th grade. “In the many years that I have been with the Public School System, I have never witnessed such an achievement,” she added.

But Mendiola also reminded the students “not to forget all that we have taught you, not just academically, but also the qualities of being an overall ‘good person.’ Our character takes us far, so let’s always keep that in mind.”

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Class valedictorian Brigit Len Tabuena receives the Board of Education Award during Dandan Middle School’s promotion ceremony on June 11. Also in photo are Tabuena’s parents, Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero, Rep. LJ Castro, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, DMS principal Lynn Mediola and vice principal Reo Arriola.
Class salutatorian Jessie Lynn Reyes receives the Commissioner of Education Award. With her are her parents, associate commissioners Jackie Quitugua, Lynette Villagomez, Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan and Charlie Kenty, Public School System finance director Christopher Ching, DMS principal Lynn Mendiola and vice principal Reo Arriola.  Contributed photos

This year’s valedictorian is Brigit Len Tabuena who said that high school will “change everything but we will always be tottots at heart — [DMS] is the nest that we grew in.” The school’s mascot is the tottot or totot — the rose capped fruit dove.

Tabuena thanked her family, friends and teachers for supporting and believing in her.

She said teachers at DMS not only taught them the academics but also equipped them with skills in leadership and responsibility dealing with emotions that will help them in the future.

“DMS is known as the future-ready school, and our teachers really try to make us future-ready not only with technology, but as people, because we are the future of the CNMI,” Tabuena added.

As the class valedictorian, Tabuena received the Board of Education Award.

Jessie Lynn Reyes, the class salutatorian, received the Commissioner of Education Award.

In her salutatory address, she described herself as an introvert and silent person.

“But these three years of middle school really taught me a lot of things. I am very thankful for my friends, family and teachers who have helped me, supported me and provided me knowledge,” Reyes said.

Other awardees

Elicia Bernadette Cabrera – Leadership Award

Joshua Socorro – Middle School Leadership Corps Award.

Brigit Len Tabuena – Best in English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Chamorro-Carolinian Language and Heritage Studies, P.E./Health

Sumin Ahn – Best in Video Production and STEM

Mariah Deleon Guerrero and Skaii Quitugua – Best in Arts