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‘Happy Grill More’ wins first MCS Class Grill Off

“HAPPY Grill More,” composed of three members of Mount Carmel School Class of 1990, reigned supreme in the first MCS Class Grill Off held on Saturday morning at the Tronkun Da’ok/ Bicol Pavilion in Susupe.

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The first MCS Class Grill Off champions are, from left, Mark Flores, Joe Torres and John Blanco of the “Happy Grill More” team.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

John Blanco, Mark Flores, and Joe Torres are the “Happy Grillers.”

The competition judges — Norisa Camacho, MCS AlumKnight Association president; Charlotte Cepeda, Northern Marianas College dean of learning and student success; and Cathy Cepeda, MCS alumna — said Happy Grill More’s entry was outstanding.

“We really like the flavors, and it was juicy-tender — everything that you want in a grill,” Norisa Camacho said, referring to Happy Grill More’s grilled pork ribs, red rice, and macaroni salad.

As top winner of the competition, the team got a chopping board with the pyrographic inscription, “2019 Class Grill Off Champions,” and a gift bag.

Second prize went to “Smoke’s on You” which is composed of Class of 2006 members Lee Tenorio, Cil Camacho, Queanna Sablan, and Naomi Tagabuel.

The judges described Smoke’s on You’s entry as “a bit underdone but it was sweet and savory.”

Third place went to “Holy Smokes” which consisted of four female members of the Class of 1990: Donna Flores, Becky Sablan, Lynnette Villagomez, and Nerissa Benavente.

The judges said they liked the flavors and the spiciness of Holy Smokes’ entry.

The Class of 2013 “Slab Me Silly” team, composed of John Saludez, Victoria Deleon Guerrero, Michelle Masga, and Ken Taguchi finished fourth.

All teams received a bag of goods from Pacifica Insurance.

“The Class of ’90 is the best class,” John Blanco said in jest, adding that the competition was a “great way of bringing alumni together and promoting the school and the alumni association.”

Donna Flores said competition showcased the AlumKnights’ good spirit and camaraderie.

Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan, MCS AlumKnights vice president, said: “We wanted to bring the whole MCS family together while at the same time displaying our cooking skills.”

She added, “This is our first Class Grill Off. We didn’t want to do a fundraising event because we do recognize that families are still recovering and so money is tight. Time is precious and family is precious. Removing that financial barrier to bring people together was really important for us.”