THE Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we do things in life. From our basic way of celebrating big events, we have since shifted to the “new normal” of celebrating.
Despite the interference of this unprecedented event, it never ceases the determination of the Junior Chambers International-Davao Inc. (JCI Davao) to continue its longest-running and prestigious program for high school graduates since 1965, which is the Search for the Most Outstanding High School Graduate (MOHSG) of Davao. This annual flagship program has gone full virtual this year to adapt to the new normal while at the same time effectively serving as a timely platform to continue sending the message of hope. It also aims to inspire this year's vibrant batch of nominees to continue creating positive changes in our community.
On June 26, 2021, at 1 p.m., JCI Davao marked the 54th Grand Culmination Day of the Search for the MOHSG of Davao through MOHSG’s Facebook page. The virtual event reached more than 7,000 people most of which were family members, schoolmates, friends, and supporters of the nominees. The opening remark was given by 2021 JCI Davao President Mamerto Dela Torre III, giving inspiration and boosting the confidence of the nominees.
An inspiring message from the keynote speaker, 2011 MOHSG Grand Winner Moses S. Cam, fed the soul of every nominee as he shared his life as a college student, as a professional risk management consultant, and his life in general.
The angelic voices of the University of Mindanao (UM) Chorale were heard upon presenting the MOHSG Batch 54 nominees through an audio-visual presentation.
Each nominee was given the chance to creatively introduce themselves through a pre-recorded video. The segment was followed by the series of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) digital content videos created by the nominees, which highlighted their creativity and knowledge of the various social issues and topics they are assigned to.
The accumulated scores determined the top 10 nominees who advanced to the final round. The esteemed judges included JCI Senator Shandy Sy, JCI Senator Louel Zambrano, Mindanao Peace Council Secretary General Vincenzo Molejon, Jr., University of the Philippines – Mindanao Assistant Professor Dr. Glory Dee Romo, and MOHSG 2011 Grand Winner Moses Cam.
The finalists displayed their wit and confidence in the impromptu speech round, proving themselves to be worthy of the title.
Jordan Mallari of the University of Mindanao (UM) Senior High School received the People’s Choice Award for his UNSDG digital content featuring "Responsible Consumption and Production," which acquired 4,470 reactions and shares.
The level of excitement has leveled up when Julienne Antoinette Tan of the Davao Christian High School (DCHS) was declared the Grand Winner of the Most Outstanding High School Graduate of Davao Batch 54. Tan thanked her family, friends, and school for showing their support in her MOHSG Journey.
"It was an honor to have represented my school in such a prestigious event, where I met 20 other outstanding individuals who taught me the importance of determination and purpose in change-making. Besides the title, I am grateful for this opportunity to share my story in hopes of influencing my fellow youth to take action for the community which we serve," she said.
On the other hand, Mariel Dela Victoria of the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School (PNJKI) placed First-Runner Up, Andrew Tumulak of Ateneo De Davao University-Senior High School (AdDU-SHS) was declared Second Runner Up, Marcy Nil Ogsoc of Philippine Women's College (PWC) claimed Third Runner Up place, and Darlene Rose Legita of Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao Campus (PSHS-SMC) was the Fourth-Runner Up.
"As the chairman of this year’s MOHSG program, I am proud and certain that they will become successful in their chosen fields of expertise and endeavor in the future. More than just a competition, the MOHSG Program aims to harness the intelligence, diligence, and leadership skills of the cream of the crop of Davao City's high schools towards creating sustainable impact in their respective communities, thereby promoting the JCI Values and Mission to these future changemakers," said 54th MOHSG Chairman Romeo Batestil, Jr. said in his closing remarks.