Middle school students of the Northern Marianas International School won 15 events in the first league of the Junior International Thespian Society and National Junior Speech and Debate Association competitions participated in by CNMI private and public schools.
The JITS competition was held on Oct. 8, 2016, at San Antonio Middle School and was attended by NMIS’ sixth to eight grade students: Mikaela Vergara, Andrei Bayking, Amy Rayn Soliman, Eonzen Delapaz, Ethan Sablan, Eddie Valdoz, Sophia Michelle Cornelio, and Justin Mateo.
Vergara, an 8th grader, won first place in monologue while Soliman, a 7th grader, won first place in solo musical. Mateo and Valdoz, both sixth graders, won fifth place in duet acting.
On Oct. 22, 2016, NMIS competed in the National Junior Speech and Debate Association competition held at Hopwood Middle School. The NMIS participants were Bayking, Vergara, Soliman, Dela Paz, Cornelio, Christian Rosimo, Sablan, and Alana Pitt.
The results of the competition were incredible! Soliman won first place in Dramatic Interpretation and first place in Prose. Sablan, a 7th grader, won second place in Impromptu and third place in Chamorro Poetry. Cornelio, a sixth grader, won second place in Poetry and fourth place in Prose. Bayking, an 8th grader, got third place in Dramatic Interpretation. Dela Paz won fourth place in Poetry, fourth place in Storytelling and fifth place in Impromptu. Rosimo won fifth place in Impromptu.
“NMIS competitors are competing not just to win but also to challenge and improve themselves, to have fun, and earn valuable experiences,” said NMIS coach George M. Gomez.
NMIS vice principal Jener Pineda thanked all teachers for their contributions as registrar, judges, and mentors, noting that parents are proud of NMIS for the outcome of their children’s performances as well as for the encouragement and training they provide. NMIS middle school students are satisfied with the results of their events and they continue to strive to win more ribbons in the next round of competitions.