(PSS) — Tanapag Middle School promoted 101 eighth graders to high school in a drive-thru ceremony on June 4, 2021.

“Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars,” was this year’s promotion theme.

The class valedictorian is Elizabeth Babauta while the salutatorian is Pia Ngewakl.

“This is just the beginning of our journey, and one of many achievements to come. I encourage you all to continue to do you best, support one another, and never give up,” Babauta said in her remarks.  “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank my parents, family, friends, teachers, and most importantly our principal [Hilda Rios] for supporting us through these difficult times.”

Babauta is also the recipient of the Board of Education Academic Achievement Award which was presented by BOE Chairman Andrew L. Orsini, BOE member Maisie B. Tenorio, school principal Hilda Rios and vice principal Felisa Brel.

Class salutatorian Ngewakl, in her remarks, said, “As we celebrate this milestone in our lives, let us not forget all the TMS teachers and staff that helped guide us through this challenging school year.”

She added, “We now leave TMS with a wealth of knowledge to overcome even greater obstacles.”

Ngewakl was also presented with the Commissioner of Education Academic Achievement Award by the commissioner, Dr. Alfred B. Ada, Associate Commissioner Eric Magofna, PSS Federal Programs Officer Tim Thornburgh, Finance and Budget Director Arlene Lizama, Human Resources Officer Lucretia Borja, Head Start/Early Head Start Director Lathania Angui, and Senior Director for Accountability Research and Evaluation Dr. Rizalina Liwag.

Also joining TMS in celebrating the promoted students were Francisco M. Sablan Middle School principal Cherlyn Cabrera Osung, Dandan Middle School principal James Sablan, Hopwood Middle School principal Victor Borja, and Chacha Oceanview Middle School principal Martha Kintol.


TMS school principal Hilda Rios and vice principal Felisa Brel presented the Principal Leadership Award to Jerome Manzon.

Babauta received the Best in English Language Art and Best in Science Award while Ngewakl is this year’s Best in Computer awardee.

Best in Social Studies is Philip Megino.

Best in Math is Maria Borja.

Best in CCLHS (Chamorro, Carolinian Language and Heritage Studies) are Babauta, Ngewakl, Megino and Keaulei Deleon Guerrero.

Best in Art are Babauta, Megino, Jennievive Flora, Abbigelle Delos Reyes and Mary Donna Clyburn.

Best in Physical Education/Health are Ngewakl, Megino, Justin Loma, Ha’ani Salas, Sheira Delos Rosa, and Keaulei Deleon Guerrero.

Best in Leadership Corps are Babauta, Ngewakl, Keaulei Deleon Guerrero, Philip Megino, Savanah Francisco, Kate Ocanada, Justin Loma, Alexandria Castro, Breseis Guiab, Shayne Villena, Levonnie Pua, Kenny Laquian, Lyticia Sanchez and Ha’ani Salas.

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