Mt. Carmel School will take part in the annual Marianas March Against Cancer this year as team “Jedi Knights.” The island’s sole Catholic educational institution has shown its support for MMAC and its efforts in the past years through its long running participation and fundraising.
This year’s team captains, seniors Thomas Lee A. Manglona II and Cathryn Javier, said that they are committed to raising the bar for their school’s involvement during the event in every aspect.
Manglona and Javier have participated in MMAC since their freshmen year and coordinated their classes’ involvement under the student council. As the co-captains gear up for this year’s event alongside fellow student leaders, Javier expressed her excitement.
“We have been meeting with the MMAC committee and making progress each time in planning our involvement,” she added. “Our commitment to the event is strong and we will contribute as much as we can in both time and energy as the date nears.”
Manglona noted that his school’s participation is student-run every year.
“The students become more excited each year and some of them even stay for the entire 12 hours to run laps and assist at the booth,” he said. “Our theme this year for our tent and baton, Star Wars, comes from our school’s super bowl commercial which garnered a lot of attention.”
Junior high and high school students will take turns running laps and selling food and glow-accessories on the night of the event.
At the beginning of the year, MCS also started selling pink athletic and school uniforms for students to purchase, symbolic of their support in fighting cancer. A portion of the money collected will go toward the cause as well.
“The students enjoy spending time with each other even though they are exhausted by the time it passes midnight. I think we all understand that this event is bigger than any single one of us. We’re going to be there in full force in May just like every other year,” Manglona added. “The Force is strong with us Jedi Knights.”