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Seniors relinquish key of responsibility to Juniors

SMS seniors handed the key of responsibility to the juniors during the Juniors -Seniors Promenade held at the school auditorium last February 15.

In the same event, Janice Amindalan, the guest speaker of the symbolic affair underscored the need for responsible student leaders in her speech.

She emphasized that today there are student leaders who are irresponsible. She cited many instances when student leaders show irresponsibility.

Amindalan is an alumnus of Saint Mary’s school .She now teaches in Trinity College, Sagada. She deemed it her responsibility to share what she could to the SMS juniors and seniors while she was a student.

The promenade began with a procession from the school quadrangle to the auditorium. It was followed by a welcome address delivered by Daniel Cheg-ao, III-White president.

After this, Jerry Abeya read the class prophecy of seniors. Jenelle Doyayag, the senior class president, followed with her speech while handling the key of responsibility to Zsa-zsa Omengan, the junior president.

Doyayag reminded the seniors that handing the key of responsibility to the juniors doesn’t mean that seniors will not help in imposing rules and regulations of the school. On the other hand, Omengan assured the seniors that juniors would do their best to continue what seniors have started and improve their failures.

Candle lighting and pinning of corsages followed the speeches.

Soon after, sashes were pinned to the three ladies of the night. Fr. Charles Buking and Herminia Cadiogan pinned the sash of Miss Junior, Marilou Jacinto with Ellis Solang as his escort.

Steve Dagacan and Serina Palpal pinned the sash of Miss Senior Sandra Tayni, with her escort, George Gewan watching. Meanwhile, Rod Gulian and Amindalan pinned the sash of Miss wisdom, Noreen Malecdan.

Dinner was served after the program. The ball followed afterwards.

Longid donates 6 computers

Frank I.O. Longid Sr., Alumni President, donated six multimedia- and internet-ready computer packages to the school.

Four computers run on Celeron 400 processors while two have Pentium II 333 with Windows 98SE operating system installed in them.

Aside from the computers which were delivered on February 20, Longid also donated two LX-300 printers.

For the past months of this school year, students used two computers and one printer in their THE classes which they have to share simultaneously with the Postboy staff, the SGO, the yearbook committee and the faculty.

The computer laboratory now has five computers for students use, while the Postboy is given one for their exclusive use.

The guidance counselor’s office and the Administrator’s office have one computer each.

All students are now privileged to use the computers especially during this time when book reports and other requirements are rushed.

New curriculum begins in June

A new basic curriculum will be implemented in June next school year for both elementary and secondary schools, as announced by Department of Education Raul Roco.

Subjects to be taken in the New Basic Education (BEC) curriculum include English (1 hour), Math (1 hour), Science (1 hour), Filipino (1 hour), and Makabayan (3 hours).

Makabayan is an integration of Social Studies, THE, and PEHM.

According to some groups, Makabayan will have less emphasis on history and culture and focus mainly on PEHM, THE, and Values Education.

Roco kept the specifics of the 2002 BEC from the education sector’s primary stakeholders who include parents, teachers, and students.

Why Not

They made it!

After enduring the shame and hurt of what others said about them, they have shown that their destructors are wrong.

Every time they made mistakes, hundreds of discouraging words were thrown to them.

Law makers and law breakers...
Shame of the school...
You stained the name of the school...
You will never change because this is not the first time you did it...
Etc...etc... etc...

They just ignored these because they knew that they were just students. They told themselves to do all they can for the glory of the school. They were discouraged. But... they were also challenged. Thanks to the challenges, they made it! They have proven that despite their mistakes, they can catch up with other students of different "colors".

There are times when they find themselves talking about how the school will be without them. Will it become the best school, will it be worse, or will it be the same?

During their "jamming" as others call it, they always talked of improving their failures, changing their bad attitudes, and bringing back the confidence of other people to them.

These students were curfewed in the beginning of the school year. After their punishment, they started realizing their mistakes. That time, they were given the last chance to stay at Saint Mary’s School. If they were caught again, they would be expelled from the school. That was the big thing. They already started building a stronger friendship with a different goal. If their friendship before was centered on going out at night and coming home late, it’s different this time. They were very determined to bring back the confidence that we have lost.

As I’ve said, they endured the hurt and the shame. No matter how they tried to show other people that they have actually changed, they still say things which really raise anger.

They say that the truth hurts, but the lies hurt more. These students cannot bear it anymore and some of them started arguing with their teachers. As they say, water spills when the tank is full.

They maybe the shame of the school, they maybe the worst students the school has ever had. They maybe everything we can call them... but other things should be noted. Let us not look at the mistakes they have done. Let us consider their cooperation in school activities. As a matter of fact, these students have tried to be worthy students of Saint Mary’s School and we maybe unaware of this. Why? We only see their bad side. Why not expand what we know about these students?

If we still think SMS would be better without them,, don’t worry. They are leaving- if we can pass. If they can’t, brace yourselves for another school year with them around the campus.


After All

The worst thing I do not like in a person is interfering with my personal life, It`s okay if they introduce a good way of improving my failures. The case is, they just criticize all the time. But these people should thank me because I just keep quiet despite what they are saying .I will not waste my time arguing with them. After all, they are not worth a minute of my life.

Our class yearbook is now being printed in Baguio. After five busy months of solicitation distribution and follow up of subscription forms, it is now in its final stage of production. Seniors should congratulate themselves for a job well done though the yearbook is not yet here. After all, we exerted much effort on this project.

With a flick of a finger, JSP is over. Well, it was fun. We seniors really enjoyed the first part of the program because we were not able to attend it last year. Frankly, the second part was a little bit, let’s say, the time was not enough. If only we did the pairing of hearts before the second part, it would have been better. Anyway, it was a wonderful evening with the juniors. After all, dancing is not the most important thing in JSP. It is the solemn moment of candle lighting and receiving of the key of the responsibility.


Honor roll
Third Quarter

Saint Mary's School
SY 2001-2002


1. Malecdan, Noreen 90.091
2. Abeya, Jerry 89.091
3. Gewan, Elena 88.818
4. Aguilan, Manuel 88.727
5. Anaban, Rose 88.364
6. Likigan, Donna 88.273
7.5. Doyayag, Jenelle 88.091
7.5. Chomawat, Ariane 88.091
9. Bayang, Hilda 87.818
10. Gayagay, Glen 87.182
11. Tayni, Sandra 87.091
12. Apil, Fely 86.818
13. Paleyan, Charity 86.273
14. Daoas, Leo 85.636


1. Umaming, Lydia 89.36
2. Cayatoc, Johnny 88.73
3. Gayman, Glynn 88.55
4. Jacinto, Marilou 87.91
5. Andawi, Mira 87.73
6. Banglo, Aldrin 87.27
7. Omengan, Zsa-zsa 87.00
8. Abeya, Jones Rae 86.82
9. Capuyan, Ruby 85.82
10.5. Camfili, Maryknoll 85.73
10.5. Tauli, Elsie 85.73
12. Pecdasen, Roy 85.27
13. Omaweng, Eugene 85.18
14. Bistoguey, Shalee 85.00


1. Likigan, Jaybee 90.818
2. Wangdali, Geovy Rose 89.909
3. Dicdican, Casey 89.727
4. Sia-ed, Harriet 88.273
5. Magalgalit, Reishell 88.000
6. Lizardo, Kachiri 87.812
7. Ap-apid, Alma 87.364
8. Calawen, Emily 87.000
9. Abeya, Flora 86.909
10. Carlin, Connie 86.636
11. Omengan, Wanda 86.363
12. Manalog, Julicia 86.000
13. Sana, Dan 85.545


1. Herman, Audrie 90.00
2. Mantias, Ellen 89.27
3. Malecdan, Benjamin 87.59
4. Likigan, Kimberly 87.36
5. Tawali, Annie 86.90
6. Biag, Melody 86.81
7. Batnag, Brenda 86.45
8. Unos, Irylle 86.27
9.5. Palangchao, Alex 86.18
9.5. Bolinget, Prudence 86.18
" Intelligence does not show it all. Success lies more on what we can do, not what we know."


  • Seniors relinquish key of responsibility to Juniors
  • Longid donates 6 computers
  • New curriculum begins in June

  • Why not?
  • Afterall