"YOU are braver and stronger than your fears and your own doubts," Victoria Deleon Guerrero, the keynote speaker of Mount Carmel School's 69th Commencement Ceremony, told the Class of 2021 on Saturday at the cathedral.
MCS’ director of institutional development and an AlumKnight herself, Deleon Guerrero noted how the graduating Knights got through a super typhoon and are still getting through the Covid-19 pandemic, "all the while being amazing and promising young men and women."
She congratulated and thanked the graduates "for making the first full-school year during this pandemic as wonderful as you."
The class valedictorian, Victoria Nicole M. Santos, noted that their senior year "started off rocky with twice-a-week Zoom classes."
"But look where we are now. We're having an actual face-to-face graduation ceremony," she said in her valedictory address.
She also noted how crazy it was seeing so many things changing in 10 months, but "our class managed to make history…. No one's doing it like us, man. Senior year was tough, but again I'm so grateful to have suffered with you guys, because at least, we suffered together."
Santos also received awards in Science, Mathematics, Social Science, Theology, Computer Science, Speech and an honorable mention in English Language Arts.
The Class of 2021 salutatorian is Katherine S. Avendaño-Woodruff. She received awards in English Language Arts, Art, an honorable mention in Science, an honorable mention in Social Science, and an honorable mention in Computer Science.
In her address, Avendaño-Woodruff thanked MCS for providing her with a “stellar education.” At MCS, she added, “I found people that changed my life.”
MCS president Galvin "Dr. G" Deleon Guerrero confirmed the graduates and delivered the closing remarks. With him were Bishop Ryan Jimenez, MCS board vice chairman Mark Rabauliman, school principal Frances T. Taimanao and Mount Carmel Church Deacon Rosiky F. Camacho.
The other members of the MCS Class of 2021 are Connie Lao Zhou, Brandee Concepcion Hunter, Mikee Mame N. Mendoza, Skyler Shinozawa Poon, Trinity Ann Camacho Cruz, Vince Philip D. Salvador, Brian Youn, Carmille Jade Agulto Perez, Christian Dean G. Palattao, Xavier Gatmaitan, John Isaac Angeles San Nicolas, Kevin Kang, Puti'on Primitiva Palacios Camacho, Sinahi Ray Fleming Cepeda, Raymalyn Abo Guanlao, Penelope Feliciano Sablan, Jieyu Lin, Reuben Christian Ortiz Luis Tomboc, Nathanael Ryne D. Cunanan, Bernard Angelo A. Marcelo, Maria Kanako Ayuyu, Kody Ryan Camacho Foreman, Kyle Daven Pangelinan Attao, James Patrick San Nicolas, Allen Paulo T. Bartolome, Anthony Lajara, Gia Gerrine F. Hemley, Hwan Hee "Shaina" Lee, Jacob Alexander Montes Sabino, Jayce Keita Kisa Yoshimura, Jewon Jung, Kadie Verlyn Duenas Aldan, Lina Lee, Sa Myeong Park, Seung Woo "Rafffy" Lee, Song Ah Choi, Tivana Judy Ogo Torres, and Yunseong "Kevin" Hwang.