Mount Carmel School recognizes 2020 graduate Kalea Lou Bullan Borja for earning multiple awards in her graduating class despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Borja is a graduate from Mount Carmel School’s Class of 2020. She earned the highest grade point average in her class and was recognized as the valedictorian for this year’s commencement ceremony. In addition to receiving the valedictorian award and many others, Borja also served as the student council president and worked part-time at Summer Snow in Susupe.
During the MCS Commencement Ceremony, Borja received the President’s Award, Governor’s Leadership Award, Loyalty Award, English Language Arts Award, Speech Award, and Drama Award.
“Kalea is one of our most driven and promising graduates,” said MCS president Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero. “It’s one thing to be studious, but Kalea has always aimed to exceed expectations in all aspects of her life. Despite her obligations, Kalea continued to make a positive difference for her student body during our Leadership Team meetings and school events.”
Later this summer, Borja will be relocating to Hawaii to attend University of Hawaii Manoa for psychology and will be taking online classes through the University of California Los Angeles for a pre-medical degree.
“I am extremely grateful for the school’s efforts to continuously provide us with education and support even if it’s from an online platform,” Borja said. “Mount Carmel took this obstacle and worked many miracles to help not only the seniors, but the entire student body to finish up the school year properly. Without their efforts, I don’t think I’d be able to take on this next step in my life as easily.”
Borja aspires to give back to her community after earning her postsecondary degree. She said, “I want to become a psychiatrist to serve as a resource for people seeking counseling. I want to be able to help people, most especially adolescents, figure out their feelings and provide them with love, care, and support that may not be available to them.”
“I want to thank Mount Carmel School again for all the opportunities, experience, and support I’ve been given. I don’t think I would have achieved as much as I have without the support of my school,” Borja said. “Looking back, I truly believe the support of family and friends will keep you sane. However, the guidance of the school community is what helps create well-rounded individuals with the tools to succeed in life.” (PR)