(Speech delivered by:
Jeannie Rose I. Santos, 1st Honors, SY 2012-2013, Magdalena ES, Claveria East District, Division of Cagayan
Earl John P. Santos, 1st Honors, SY 2012-2013, Namuac-San Andres ES, Sanchez Mira District, Division of Cagayan)
Today features another milestone in the lives of graduating pupils like us. It is a day to celebrate and it is a day to mourn. A celebration because after 6 long years of acquiring our basic education, we are now ready to move forward one step higher in the ladder of our quest to greater level of educational heights. Today is a mournful day because we are leaving/ the portals of our dear Alma Mater which cradled us when we were still little young boys and girls wanting to be involved in the daily school activities.
As I stand before you today, I am faced with the challenges of the fast changing time. Our theme “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders through K to 12 Basic Education Program” imposes a great task to fulfill ahead. Yes, it is true that the present generation will soon take the lead in the future. We will soon be a part of a society where competition will be more rigid than now. There will be more struggles in the job opportunities, the acquisition of the basic necessities of life, and most of all, the response to the changing needs of the global market. Thanks to the government! Through the K to 12 curriculum, we will be kept abreast of the needed skills and knowledge/to open wider opportunities for employment here and abroad. We will be prepared to combat the battles that may come our way. We will be transformed into more responsible, more competent and more skilled individuals ready to conquer the world in its narrowest sense.
My fellow graduates, we can not deny that not everyone of us will continue the course of our studies and earn a college degree. But we can still be leaders in our simplest ways. Applying the self-discipline and basic competencies offered by the K to 12 program will lead us to a brighter future/ and be a part of developing a society where everybody enjoys the gift of living.
But before we finally leave the center stage of Magdalena Elementary School/Namuac San Andres Elementary School, we would like to thank the personas who have turned us to what we are now.
To our beloved parents, saan nga mabusbos nga panagyaman ti ipaaymi kadakayo nanang ken tatang. Gapu iti adu nga sakripisyo ken ayatyo siraragsak dagiti puspusomi nga mangawat ti diploma nga mangipaneknek nga addan kamin kadagiti umuna nga bala a pangsaranget kadagiti ad-adu pay a karit iti panagadalmi. Dawatenmi ngarud nga itultuloy dakami nga suportaran tapno maragpatmi dagiti ar-arapaapmi para kadakayo iti daytoy a biag..
To our teachers, we are forever grateful for the sacrifices and selfless services you have given us. itan nga maamirismi nga dagiti panangung-unget yo kadakami ket para met laeng iti pagsayaatanmi. The knowledge and skills you have taught us will be our armor and shield in facing the world with head up high. Thank you very much for the opportunities you have given us to develop our full potentials and abilities.
To our friends and schoolmates, we are about to part ways to find the right track that lies ahead. We will forever cherish the memories both laughter and pain we shared together. But I know deep within my heart we may be miles away, we will always be there in one accord chasing the impossible dreams that are planned for us.
To our dear Magdalena Elementary School/Namuac-San Andres Elementary School, thank you very much for caring us for six long years. Now that we are leaving you, we can not help/ but to carry with us the victories we have with you. the Class of 2013 will leave you a legacy which will forever be etched in your history as an institution of basic education. The 15 graduates are proud to say that we have created a history and set a record having produced the school’s first qualifiers to the Division and Regional Schools Press Conference. Thanks to our coaches Sir Bernaldo, Mam Resty, Mam Renalyn and Mam Jeannie
To all of you who in one way or the other helped us become what we are now, our heartfelt gratitude.
Above all, the Almighty Father for the gift of life, the wisdom and the expertise you have bestowed upon us. We pray earnestly that you continue to guide us as we follow the direction towards the attainment of our dreams.
To this end, I urged my fellow graduates to be one with me in giving back the honor and glory due to everyone who had molded us to what we have become. We can be leaders in our own little way. Kaya ba natin ito? (yes we can!) kayang-kaya basta sama-sama.