OUR bright young minds today bring us hope for the future. This was evident when, once again, I was tapped to be one of the panel interviewers by the Junior Chamber International - Metro Bacolod (Jaycees) in their annual project.
The organization aims to “recognize, inspire and motivate future leaders in our society” by targeting the DepEd-accredited high schools of Bacolod City. The JCI believes that schools are “the most fertile ground in producing and developing the future leaders.”
On the morning of Feb. 21 at East View Hotel, these bright minds showed up in their elements, eager to be considered for the top three student councils in Bacolod City and to vie for the best outstanding citations, i.e. Business Leaders Award, Community Service Award, Environmental Awareness Award, Values Formation Award, and Science and Technology, Arts, Culture, and Sports Award.
Fast forward to March 14 at the Bacolod Government Center where the 15th TOSCA awarding ceremonies were held, it is with so much pride to present the top three student councils of our city. All equally ranked and equally deserving were La Consolacion College - Bacolod, St. Scholastica’s Academy, and the University of St. La Salle – Integrated School. They exhibited excellent qualities that are crucial in nation-building which they applied first to their schools.
The Hernan D. Lopez Jr. Business Leaders Award went to the Negros Occidental High School. I was rooting for this student council silently because they showed so much creativity in conducting their business activities. Our country needs more young entrepreneurs.
The Hi-Flex Enterprises Community Service Award was rightfully deserved by St. John’s Institute while the AVP Jonathan Ealdama Environmental Awareness Award went to Bacolod City National High School.
Luisa Medel National High School was given the Brightkids Pre-school & Island Spoon Resto Values Formation Award, and Bacolod Tay Tung High School got the Science and Technology, Arts, Culture, and Sports Award.
I thank TOSCA 2014-2015 chairman Sheryll Ong, JCI-Metro Bacolod acting president Atty. Marie Crystal May Vega, charter president Atty. Rowena Lopez-Lizares, incoming president Ferdinand Daniel Magallanes, and 2013 president Dhin Lopue for honoring me with this invitation to take part in such an exciting and even humbling experience in helping them choose student councils who have made positive contributions to their school.
Congratulations to the top three student councils, and to the special awardees! Congratulations also to Junior Chamber International – Metro Bacolod for successfully organizing this significant undertaking!