COVMS promotes 91 to HS


The 91 8th graders of Chacha Ocean View Middle School were promoted yesterday to high school, with Seiji Maga’lahi S. Gonzales leading the class as valedictorian and Jennifer L. Crolla as salutatorian.

Gonzales, who is set to attend Kagman High School, said his experience in middle school was unique despite all the ups and downs he experienced emotionally.

“Despite the constant pressure from systematic unending flow of schoolwork, I remained steadfastly focused and giving up was never an option,” said Gonzales in his valedictory address after starting off with a Chamorro speech.

Crolla, who would be attending Marianas High School, has only been in COVMS for two years.

“What I love most about this school is that fact that the teachers and students here treat each other as if they were family,” said Crolla.

“I hope that I will be able to feel the same way [in high school],” she added.

Gonzales also received the Chamorro Carolinian Language and Heritage Studies award and the English Language Art award besides being valedictorian, while salutatorian Crolla received the social studies, science, and math awards.

The computer application award went to Jordan C. Towai, while the Marlyn I. Dawe received the leadership award.

COVMS’ Class 2017 garnered a total of 19 gold presidential award recipients and 31 silver presidential award recipients.

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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