FROM THE graduating seniors this year, 40 are honor students with school paper editors Hannah Elgaran and Parvane Mae Lagon as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
59 Ateneans have earned the Loyalty Award while 63 are set to receive the Saint Francis Xavier Service Award in the graduation rites set March 25 at the school gymnasium in Pison Avenue, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Meanwhile, student council president Maria Katrina Flores will be receiving the Magis Award while another campus journalist, Ana Mariella Gonzales, will be getting the Alfonso Yuchengco Foundation National Discipline honors. Dave Danson Dy is the Qi Ming awardee in the Chinese Program.
To note, Elgaran has been active as a student journalist since her sophomore years. She is a consistent first honor student, adjutant of the Citizen Advancement Training, and medalist in various journalism contests. In fact, she is set to join the National Schools Press Conference in Taguig City this April to represent the region in News Writing Filipino category.
ONE HUNDRED twenty three (123) pupils from two neighboring public elementary schools, Pison and Tabucan Elementary Schools, have “greatly benefitted” from the Ateneo Blue Spoon—the comprehensive long-term feeding program of the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS community.
“According to our estimates, this year’s Blue Spoon has greatly improved the health condition of the student-beneficiaries who were previously known to be ‘severely wasted’ in terms of their age-weight-height ratio,” Campus Ministry and Social Involvement (CMSI) Office’ Outreach Program head Kent Zabalate said, adding, “what makes it doubly fulfilling is the fact that being healthier, there are also some general positive development in their performance in class.”
Prior to the feeding drive, it was found out that 20% and 10% of Pison and Tabucan Elementary School pupils, respectively, were severely wasted or malnourished. Upon intervention, Zabalate said, all have reached a promising and acceptable level of nutritional development that somehow helped them cope better with their daily academic chores.
Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School swept all the five categories in two basketball tournaments in just three days.
Last February 19, the Ateneo Blue Dragons won championships in three categories in the First Assumption Cup.
In the 10 under category, the blue-and-white team outlasted Colegio de San Jose (CSJ), 34-25, to win the trophy for the mid-elementary division. In the 12 under category, ADI had an easy time disposing the same rival school for the final score of 47-39 to bag the second championship tiara of the day.
In the high school 16 under category, Ateneo had to scamper for a 75-70 victory against a familiar but formidable opponent in CSJ to complete a championship sweep in this inaugural friendly competition.
Junior Franz Ray Diaz emerged as the 16 under tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). He is also part of the Mythical 5 Selection together with fellow Atenean junior Simon Kevin Ong.
On the other hand, grade schooler Shan Rois Mateo ended up as MVP and part of the Mythical 5 Selection of the 10 under category, while the following blue draglet Jann Emmerich Guadalupe ruled over the 12 under category as MVP. Furthermore, Guadalupe and batch mate Uriel Endino, also ended up in the Mythical 5 Selection.