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Mount Carmel School alumni form AlumKnight association

(MCS) — Mount Carmel School takes great pride in its rich legacy of alumni, many of whom have garnered admission into some of the world’s colleges and universities and have distinguished themselves as noted leaders in business, government, and the community.

Known as “AlumKnights” after the school’s mascot, these successful individuals are now giving back to their alma mater with the recently formed Mount Carmel School AlumKnight Association, which is headed by AlumKnight, Charles V. Cepeda.

The AlumKnight Association’s Program Committee met recently to plan the program for the upcoming “Night with the Knights,” the school’s annual AlumKnight fundraising banquet.  Clockwise from bottom left:  Victor Cabrera, Cyji Cepeda, Helene Manning, Priscillla Dela Cruz and James Benavente.  MCS photo

For Cepeda, it’s all about giving back. “I attended here and I want to see it flourish.” Recalling how difficult he was at times, he said, “I owe it to all the principals and teachers who were patient with me, especially while I was here for my formative years.” He added, “This is where my roots are.”

Cepeda’s daughter also graduated from Mount Carmel School and now his grandson is a Knight. This motivates him to build a stronger link between AlumKnights and Knights. “We want other AlumKnights to support their alma mater, but we also want them to connect more with current students, whether it be at sporting events, drama shows, or just being on campus.” He explained, “It’s important that the students today see their past, and that AlumKnights see where the school is today.”

True to his word about giving back, Cepeda and the association have begun planning the association’s first signature event, the annual Night with the Knights fundraising banquet, scheduled for Saturday, February 4, at Pacific Islands Club. The Night with the Knights will be the culminating celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2017. The night will feature a music video montage of the school’s history, raffle prizes, and entertainment.

The event will also include the announcement of the 2017 AlumKnight of the Year. Formerly known as the Distinguished Graduate Award, qualifications for the prestigious award were expanded to include AlumKnights who spent at least four consecutive years at the school. Past awardees include:

Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the CNMI’s Delegate to the U.S. Congress,

1964 AlumKnight, former Gov. Benigno Fitial,

1967 AlumKnight, former Lt. Gov. and retired Justice Jesus C. Borja,

1967 AlumKnight, the late Gov. Eloy Inos,

1968 AlumKnight, former Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro,

1969 AlumKnight, architect and entrepreneur Efrain F. Camacho,

1969 AlumKnight, school leader Rita Kazuma-Guerrero

1973 AlumKnight, Merced Marcie M. Tomokane

1977 AlumKnight, attorney Lucia Blanco-Maratita.

1978 AlumKnight, former Lt. Gov. Diego T. Benavente,

1979 AlumKnight, attorney Brien Sers Nicholas

1984 AlumKnight, medical doctor, Dr. Norma Ada,

1986 AlumKnight, school leader Dr. Aflred Ada

1988 AlumKnight, educator Dr. Debra Tudela Cabrera

1990 AlumKnight, educator Dr. Dora Borja Miura

1991 AlumKnight, educator Galvin Deleon Guerrero

1991 AlumKnight, law professor attorney Rose Cuison-Villazor.

1997 AlumKnight, educator Elaine Cabrera DelaCruz

1999 AlumKnight, former representative, journalist, and community activist Christina Marie Sablan.

Tickets for the Night with the Knights are $50 each and can be purchased at the school’s business office or from AlumKnights. For more information, call 234-6184 or email Priscilla Dela Cruz at presdelacruz@gmail.com.