Ken Joe Yamane led the 237 Grade 12 students of Batch 2020 in their graduation last October 4, 2020 that was held via Zoom due to the pandemic.
In his address of gratitude, the valedictorian remarked on the memories and accomplishments of the batch, from MSAL opening to the different events such as niche races and competitions.
“Reminiscing the memories and feelings from the beginning of Senior High up until graduation has brought not only joy, excitement, and pride, but also grief, fear, and anxiety,” he said.
Awarded Best in Accountancy and Business Management, Yamane encouraged his fellow graduates to be strong in college.
“We have an entire path ahead of us and the goliath that we are facing now is something that will make us stronger if we only realize that we are the master of our own destiny. Let us embrace this mindset that will take us to places we never thought possible,” he said.
The Marist loyalty awardee and a highest honors medalist also shared that he received failing marks—Fs—in his grades before.
“But change is a friend. I am always a work in progress, which is a good thing. There is no such thing as perfection because we all have the potential,” said Yamane.
Joanna Missy Medalla, meanwhile, was recognized as the salutatorian.
The program ended with the graduation song, “Ang Huli,” composed and pre-recorded by a group of Grade 12 students. Jose Rafael Palomares