IN TIME FOR CLASS OF 2016 GRADUATION
Last Thursday, the community gathered to witness Marianas High School turn another leaf when it produced graduates in an auspicious ceremony that bore no traces of the damage that Typhoon Soudelor left the school last year.
MHS graduated 335 seniors, the largest batch since 2000, and a ceremony held for the first time outdoors—on a parking lot after typhoon Soudelor damaged the mammoth MHS gymnasium.
“To run a school is certainly a community effort as we get ready for our biggest event of the year, our 2016 graduation,” stated MHS principal Cherlyn Cabrera. “This past year, we have been in typhoon recovery mode and the community has really helped us.”
As a part of their self-initiated beautification efforts, Best Sunshine International, Ltd’s Corporate Social Responsibility team spent a week and a half cleaning up the largest public school in the CNMI in preparation for the Class of 2016 graduation ceremony.
As the school and the Public School System Central Office continue to rebuild the MHS gym, the largest in the CNMI, MHS held this year’s graduation on the parking lot. The school needed to secure a location that would accommodate the 300-plus graduates as well as their families and friends.
BSI’s CSR team immediately hunkered down to provide various work throughout the campus, including grass work, repainting of worn down guard rails, recoating faded roadside curb, and disposing off of overgrown green waste left by the typhoon. The team worked tirelessly under the scorching summer sun and managed to complete the work timely for last Friday’s successful graduation.
“I just want to thank the corporate responsibility team under Geri (Dela Cruz’) leadership. We really appreciate the support, effort, and suggestions on ways to make our campus look better,” shared MHS vice principal Bobby Cruz. “Seeing you guys out here in full force supporting our students, the future of the CNMI, that’s really what it’s all about. We would like to extend a mighty Dolphin thank you to Best Sunshine and particularly the corporate social responsibility team.”
In appreciation, Cabrera and Cruz had the MHS Glee Club stage a surprise serenade for the CSR team held at the administration building.
The school’s cheerleading team also put on a special surprise performance.
“It actually meant a huge deal for the MHS dolphin alumni on our team. They felt a great deal in giving back to their alma mater,” BSI CSR executive director Geri Dela Cruz said.
She added, “There’s always a greater feeling when good things are done. In this case, many of us felt good with giving back to the school.”
Cabrera added, “We really sincerely appreciate all the help that Best Sunshine has given to us. Best Sunshine has been such a tremendous help the last few days so thank you on behalf of our many Dolphins!” (PR)