MCS valedictorian wants to pursue chemical engineering

Posted on Jun 04 2019


Mt. Carmel School’s Class of 2019 perform their graduation song. (Erwin Encinares)

Ultimately, Jan Emmanual Bobadilla wants to become a chemical engineer. For now, he is looking at taking up either liberal arts or nursing at the Northern Marianas College.

Bobadilla, who graduated from Mount Carmel School as valedictorian last June 1, 2019, dreams of pursuing a chemical engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“I’m really happy I [graduated] valedictorian,” he said. “…We are the class that don’t really care about grades but when stuff like this happens we get really excited and support each other.”


Bobadilla he will be starting his college track at NMC. “I think it’s a good decision to start here [and] save a lot of money especially since I can’t really afford a big college,” he said.

“Like [MCS president Galvin Deleon Guerrero] said, I really do believe that this is the best graduating Class of 2019 and I think they should continue to pursue their dreams. I wish them all the best,” he said of his classmates.

Hyo Lim Cho, the MCS Class of 2019 salutatorian, would be heading to the University of Utah to take up pre-nursing this August.

HYO LIM CHO, Salutatorian

“My plan is to become a physician assistant and I am thinking of coming back to Saipan and working at the Commonwealth Health Care Corp.,” she said.

Cho acknowledged that she was shy and quiet when she started at MCS. “…Senior year, we really bonded together and we all cried for each other [during] graduation and we are all happy for each other,” she said.

She said she owes her academic success to her ‘tiger mom’ who forces her to study. “I really thank her now because…I became the salutatorian of the class. I am really happy that I graduated with my fellow AlumKnights [MCS alumni] and I am really thankful for everything,” Hyo said.

A total of 51 graduated from the 2019 Class of MHS last Saturday at the Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Susupe.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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