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Mayor Atalig recognizes Rota student

ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig has recognized a Rota student for her exemplary performance as a sophomore at the Eastern Oregon University.

He said Ursula Maria M. Manglona maintained a grade point average of 3.5 while completing at least 12 hours of grade coursework during the spring term. She is among the 528 students who made it to the Dean’s List.

Manglona, who graduated from Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Jr./Sr. High School in 2016, is majoring in early childhood education with a minor in communications. She is the daughter of the late Henry A. Manglona and Teresita M. Manglona.

Atalig said this summer, Ursula Manglona is also employed as a community worker under the Office of Programs and Grants headed by his special assistant Aubry M. Hocog.

“Job well done and a big congratulations to her,” the mayor said, referring to Ursula Manglona.

She said her parents “taught my siblings and I the importance of having patience and a positive mindset. They showed us how to overcome challenges and strive for excellence in all that we do. We live by their words, ‘Anything is possible,’ and today it was proven. This is just the beginning.”

The mayor said it was “truly just the beginning,” not only for Ursula Manglona, but for “the entire youth of Rota.”

Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig with Ursula Maria M. Manglona and Rota Municipal Council vice chair Lucia Manglona.  Contributed photoRota Mayor Efraim Atalig with Ursula Maria M. Manglona and Rota Municipal Council vice chair Lucia Manglona. Contributed photo

In an interview, Ursula Manglona said she decided to work and at the same time pursue her college degree because she would like to gain knowledge and experience that she can apply to what she has learned in the classroom.

She said she manages her time by working on her school assignments after work and during the weekends.

“I prefer to work ahead rather than to be behind with my work,” she added.

She said she really appreciates Mayor Atalig for recognizing her achievements as a full-time working student.

“It’s been a stressful journey but I’m eager to say that I’m close to graduation,” she added.

At the mayor’s office, Ursula Manglona helps create and implement programs in collaboration with other government agencies and the private sector.

“When there are challenges, we try to gather whatever available resources we have or seek solutions to our problems so we can successfully implement our programs,” she said.