TMS students head for high school


A total of 64 students of Tanapag Middle School were promoted to high school last Wednesday at the school’s campus.

Valedictorian Redz Nissi Rivera, who is looking forward to a high school life at Marianas High School, said in her valedictory address that her stay at TMS made her strive to be a better person everyday.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you,” she said.

Salutatorian Maria Jessica Cruz, who expects to attend Kagman High School, said that struggles should not hinder students from “reaching for better opportunities.”

“Once we step into high school there would be more challenges and struggles and we should be ready for,” she said.

Gerard van Gils, the 2017 State Teacher of the Year and TMS special guest speaker, urged the Class of 2017 to “finish what you start.”

“Be very careful with what you start. You want to make wise choices in choosing your endeavors,” he said.

Madison Dueñas was presented with the school leadership award.

There was a five-way tie for the math subject award among Cruz, Stephenny Patrice Pangelinan, Aika Watanabe, Trinity Cruz, and Rinto Takahashi.

The science award went to Watanabe while the English language arts award went to Trinity Cruz.

Rivera and Cruz both received multiple awards during the promotion ceremony. Rivera was awarded the social studies subject award as well as a tie with Cruz for the Chamorro Carolinian language and heritage studies award.

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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