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Mount Carmel School honors many during Catholic Schools Week 2017

(MCS) — During last week’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Mount Carmel School honored many individuals who have, in one way or another, embodied the school’s values of Faith, Excellence, and Success, and have fulfilled the school’s mission to “educate the whole person to see with Christ’s eyes.”

AlumKnight of the Year

At Saturday’s “Night with the Knights” AlumKnight dinner, the school awarded its AlumKnight of the Year to 1968 AlumKnight, business leader, Jesus V. “JM” Deleon Guerrero. Upon receiving the award, JM remembered his parents who not only sacrificed many things in order to send him to Mount Carmel, but also helped in building the school during its early years.

Mount Carmel School recognized its 2017 AlumKnight of the Year, from left, Mount Carmel School AlumKnight Association Vice Chair and AlumKnight Priscilla Dela Cruz, MCS Board Secretary Joe Pangelinan, MCS Board Vice Chair and AlumKnight Jacqueline Che, MCS Board Chair and AlumKnight Vicente “Ben” Babauta, Association Treasurer and AlumKnight Patrick Guerrero, 1986 AlumKnight and 2017 AlumKnight of the Year Jesus V. “J. M.” Deleon Guerrero, AlumKnight Association Secretary and AlumKnight Rita Chong, AlumKnight Association Chair and AlumKnight Charles Cepeda, and MCS President and AlumKnight Galvin Deleon Guerrero.

In presenting the award, school president Galvin Deleon Guerrero recognized JM for being one of the founding fathers of the CNMI’s most important industry, tourism. As Deleon Guerrero put it, “He has succeeded in business. He has laid the foundation for our most important industry. He has given back to his home island hundredfold.” Deleon Guerrero added, “And he has done all of this without bravado, without fanfare, without ego. He is a humble and respectful family man that I have grown to admire deeply and am honored to call a fellow AlumKnight.”

Class of the Year

At the “Night with the Knights” event, the school also announced the Class of the Year award, which was given to the school’s graduating Class of 1976. The award recognizes classes that have given back to their alma mater in a substantial manner and that represent the school’s mission and philosophy. In addition to helping in various community outreach events, in 2016, the Class of 1976 started a fundraising drive for the school as part of its 40th year reunion efforts.

Members of the Class of 1976 were ecstatic to win the award, and pledged to continue giving back to their alma mater.

Teacher and Staff of the Year

On Tuesday, the school announced the 2017 Teacher of the Year, fifth grade teacher HeJin Lee, and Staff of the Year Marlon Villafuerte. Three years ago, after earning her bachelors in science in elementary education from Northern Marianas College, Lee started teaching at the school. Since then, she has continued her education by completing various educational technology and literacy courses.

For his part, Marlon Villafuerte was recognized for his invaluable contributions to the school. school president Deleon Guerrero, was especially thankful for his service. “With a good heart, he helps in many ways, from repairing air conditioners, keeping our campus safe and clean, to setting up for various school events,” Deleon Guerrero said. He added, “Our school thrives because of his unsung support.”

Attorney Joseph Taijeron and social studies teacher Rosiky Camacho were also granted honorary diplomas declaring them AlumKnights for their twelve years of service at the school.

Parents of the Year

At Friday’s Family Night celebration, the school recognized Parents of the Year: Armela Ham and Jocelyn Toaskas. The school recognized the valuable contributions of parent volunteers like them.

Mount Carmel School recently recognized its 2017 Parents of the Year, from left, Vice Principal Helene Manning, Vice Principal Bobby Baldazo, Parent of the Year Armela Ham, MCS Board Treasurer Will Hunter, Parent of the Year Jocelyn Toskas, Director of Institutional Development John Blanco, Parent Teacher Organization President Luis Camacho, and President Galvin Deleon Guerrero.  MCS photos

School president, Deleon Guerrero, shared with parents gathered, “These parents have generously given their time, attention, and commitment to Mount Carmel School. Their acts of volunteerism are necessary for Mount Carmel School to achieve its mission of educating the whole person to see with Christ’s eyes. These contributions of time and energy also help build our school as a community of faith, knowledge and service.”