11th Grade Class Topnotcher, Daniella Lazo


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Daniella Lazo

Daniella graduated on top of her 11th grade class, garnering the highest of honors.

She is poised to move up to 12th grade next school year (2018-19). Congratulations Daniella. You make us very proud.

Daniella’s academic record is impeccable. With her positive, outgoing, and friendly attitude, she contributes actively to classroom discussions, participating in various learning activities.

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Daniella Lazo’s Mom pinning one of her many top award ribbons

Her class attendance and good sense of punctuality remained solid and unbroken throughout the year. She is actively involved in her community in the practice of her faith, and in the mission of her church.

Daniella stands as the perfect example of an excellent, hard working, and focused student. She helps other scholars in the SAS Ai program by tutoring and by peer-to-peer coaching. She is collaborative and a very supportive team player during school projects.

(All photos courtesy of Ms Margarita Bayan, SAS Ai Student Affairs & Activities Coordinator)

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May 31, 2018 – Senior High School Graduation


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Graduating High School Seniors, (L-R) Reggie Ann Padiwan, Jazelle Rose A Peck, Ms Margarita Bayan (SAS Ai Student Affairs & Activities Coordinator), Juzel Ann Macanas, Phoebe Balala, and Fegie Yvette Layco celebrating their Outstanding Student Awards and Parangal Awards.

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Phoebe Balala

Congratulations Seniors!… er… High School Graduates!

 

We are so proud of you. You did very well in your studies and in your extracurricular activities.

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Fegie Yvette Layco

Go out now into the world and proclaim: “Education is Freedom”.

 

Shout it out loud and clear – from the rooftops of your homes, and from the windows of your dorms.

Wear it proudly like a badge as you go through your daily routine within the community.

And when you go to college, display it proudly on campus by your confident demeanor and by the way you respectfully treat others.

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Juzel Ann Macanas

You are the product of an excellent SAS education. Live it. Blaze a trail.

 

Remember to come by and say hello to the next generation of SAS Ai scholars, whenever you are in the local area. Say hello to Ms Margaret Bayan, your student coordinator. Remember to send email messages to those who had confidence in you – investing generously towards your future.

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Reggie Ann Padiwan

But most of all – do yourselves proud by continuing to practice good study habits (don’t memorize; read to understand). Maintain excellent grades, and participate fully in classroom activities and in outside-the-classroom activities. Have fun studying by being curious and questioning.

 

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Jazelle Rose A Peck

Be community conscious by remembering your roots. Respect others and they will respect you back. Also remember those who need help and render them help to the best of your ability.

 

Set your sails to the wind. May God bless you in your new voyage… in your quest for success.

(All photos courtesy of Ms Margarita Bayan, SAS Ai Student Affairs & Activities Coordinator (SAAC)).

 

“Learn to Concentrate…”


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Our SAS Ai scholars pose for a group photo during a quarterly scheduled meeting

“You must learn to concentrate,” the home room teacher, Mrs Salve Lascota advised one of her brighter students. “There are just too many distractions out there. You cannot let your mind wander.”

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Heavily distracted

Young Cristina nodded her head. “Thanks Ma’am Bing,” she replied, somewhat embarrassed for having been caught daydreaming. She redirected her gaze from the window back to her desktop. She even shook her head lightly – as if to clear the cobwebs that seemed to cover her brain. It was two o’clock in the afternoon and she felt drowsy. She and her buddies had generous servings of Halo-Halo topped with ice cream – a deadly combination of high sugar and fat.

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Halo-Halo with Ice Cream

She seemed to take in the advice. But… then she thought, “Concentrate on what? What could Ma’am Bing be talking about?” Cristina is no slouch by any stretch of the imagination. She is a bright young lady, serious and motivated, who dreams of being a dental hygienist someday. But man, it’s hard to stay awake in class in the afternoon, in the oppressive heat, in the asphyxiating humidity. Add to that Mrs Lascota’s sing-song-y presentations that’s so soothing it can lull, even an ornery Tasmanian devil, to sleep.

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Infatuation can be distracting

Truth be told, Cristina is distracted. Big time. And she knows it. It’s that Aglosolos boy from Libtong. Yes, he is a bit rough around the edges, sometimes rude and often ill-mannered but he is a solid young man with a great personality. Charming, crafty, and clever as the asp that long ago coiled around the apple tree in the garden of Eden and seduced Mother Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. So Cristina drifts into dreamland every now and then, thinking about that Aglosolos boy who haunts her every waking moment.

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Concentration

Ah… the perils of puppy love. Infatuation. First awakenings. And in high school, things can morph into a wilderness scenario so very easily. Fortunately, we have teachers like Mrs Salve Lascota who, out of love for their craft, their students, exert influence over them, encouraging them to channel their attention to their studies, to focus on their goals, and to concentrate on things that are relevant and important.

Generosity Killer


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“When we do a random act of kindness, we do it without seeking recompense.”

Hatred kills generosity.

Hateful words deriding another person for their acts of charity, only serve to diminish the sympathy for others felt by the recipient of such unkind commentary.

In the end, the once charitable person, mocked and ridiculed for their acts of kindness becomes unwilling to give. Their once kind hearts, numbed by the senseless verbal attacks leveled at them, turn to stone.

Who suffers? The needy person; the intended recipient of the charity.

Such a story circulates in social media today, about a very bitter person’s reaction to another person’s charitable contributions to some needy kids.

“I can’t believe she actually gave money to this cause,” the poster wrote, reacting to a story posted in social media about a woman who donated to a charitable cause. The poster claimed familiarity with this generous person described in the story. Seems they were married at one time.

“She yelled at me whenever I put money in the collection plate on Sunday,” his commentary continued.

“She never allowed me to give money to my ailing parents either. Or give me money to bet at the cockfights. She was so tightfisted she squeaked when she walked. And now she gives to charitable causes? Hypocrite! How bogus. How fake. Making herself look good outside. Rotten inside. Can you believe it?” The poster continued with his unkind commentary.

A firestorm of posts erupted. Commenters from all corners dove in to the fray. The scene turned ugly.

“Hoy, you better stop posting… your comments are not true. You lying,” one poster wrote.

Someone who apparently knew them when they were a couple left this post: “If you do not stop commenting I will reveal all your stinky secrets. And the whole world will know just how rotten you were as a husband. Lazy and dumb. No work because no one will hire you. You are nothing but a freeloader.”

Still, another poster wrote, “Please think twice before you post. You are embarrassing yourself. Big time.”

Whoa. Time out. Let’s come up for air. What about the generous person described in the story – the original object of the disgruntled poster’s ire? How was she impacted by all this trash talk?

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When hateful words kill a person’s generosity, the recipient of the charity suffers.

Sadly, the unkind posts impacted her negatively. She regretted ever having given to the cause of the needy kids. She vowed never to donate to such charitable causes. She faded into social networking obscurity. Vanished – never to be heard from again.

Ultimately, who lost in this brew-ha-ha? The disgruntled ex-husband you think? Not hardly.

The ex-wife? Nope.

The needy kids? You bet.

 

 

Letter to our Current Scholars in the Program


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“College and High School are totally different. They have only one thing in common:  that you need to study hard to make it.”

Dear Co-scholars,

Hi! How are you guys? Are you enjoying high school? Are you working hard on your studies? I hope you are. Don’t be “easy-go-lucky”. College is so different from high school. College and High School have only one requirement in common: that you should really study hard.

Some disciplines we are learning in college were also taught in high school. If you are already in the habit of studying hard, you will NOT be left out. Here in college, knowledge and skills are mostly self-learned. Instructors are not going to explain everything. They are not going to do all the talking. They are not going to chase you and beg you to listen to their lecture. No Ma’am. No Sir. It is your responsibility to help yourself.

By the way, you should expose yourselves to doing different activities, such as, speaking in front of a large audience. It will help you with your self-confidence. You should also talk more using the English language because they are not going to let you speak in Tagalog, not unless you are in a subject, such as, “Filipino”.

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“Studying Hard is a good Habit to Form.”

You should take time to rest when you can. Do not get used to the idea of “mañana habit,” otherwise known as procrastination. Do not be a slacker – forget the “bahala na” attitude. Time flies fast; you need to use your time wisely. Have a mature outlook, be serious and focused. Be independent but ask for help if you need it.

Anyways, enjoy while you still can. I hope you all the best guys. God bless and Good luck.

Signed/ Kristine Joy Cardenas

 

 

Student’s Meeting Report 12-2014


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Students electing a student Liaison officer

Last December 26th, the day after Christmas, our students in the financial aid program met, supervised by Mr Albert Bunoan, VP Field Operations. Attending, unless otherwise noted were:

  1. Kristine Joy Cardenas
  2. Maiah Genelle Dauz
  3. Everlyn Jamandra
  4. Geraldine Layco
  5. Melvie Legaspina
  6. Kim Shelly Tan
  7. Krisha Teodosio
  8. Rocel Anne Vinluan
  9. Phoebe Balala
  10. Students electing a student secretary

    Students electing a student secretary

    Fegie Yvette Layco

  11. Juzel Ann Macanas
  12. Abigail Ponce
  13. Kisses Ulpindo
  14. Kennrik Bunoan
  15. Keanna Bunoan
  16. Kyle Zyra Lazo – absent
  17. Grace Anne Laycano – absent
  18. Mariella Tacho – absent

Mr Albert Bunoan called the meeting to order at 9:30 AM with the following agenda:

  • Election of a student Liaison officer and an assistant Liaison officer from among the students.
    • The Liaison officer coördinates all student activities, issues, concerns in and out of school and reports to the VP Field Operations before every scheduled meeting. The assistant Liaison officer performs all the duties as back-up.
    • The purpose of this position is to give the students leadership experience.
  • Election of a student recording Secretary and an Assistant recording secretary from among the students.
    • Duties include taking meeting minutes, preparing the minutes for submission and reporting to VP, Field Operations after every scheduled meeting.
    • The purpose of this position is to give the students an opportunity to experience secretarial duties, emphasizing attention to detail and official reporting.
  • Mariella Tacho - Student Liaison Officer

    Mariella Tacho – Student Liaison Officer

    Kim Shelly Tan presided over the election and vote counts.

    • Nominated for Liaison officer were Mariella Tacho, Kim Shelly Tan, and Geraldine Layco.
      • Voting results:  Tacho-10, Tan-4, Layco-1
      • The students voted Mariella Tacho as Liaison officer in absentia.
      • Melvie Legaspina called Mariella and informed her of the election results. Mariella accepted the position.
      • Kim Shelly Tan, garnered the second most votes for Assistant Liaison officer. She accepted the position.
  • Nominees for Secretary were Fegie Yvette Layco, Rocel Ann Vinluan, Melvie Legaspina, Geraldine Layco, andEverlynJamandra.
    • Voting results:  Fegie YvetteLayco-6, Rocel AnneVinluan-4, MelvieLegaspina-3, GeraldineLayco-2, andEverlynJamandra-1.

      Fegie Yvette Layco - Student Secretary

      Fegie Yvette Layco – Student Secretary

    • The secretary position went to Fegie Yvette Layco, who accepted the position. She immediately assumed her duties, taking meeting minutes, notes and points during the discussion. Later, she compiled the final meeting minutes and sent her report to Mr Albert Bunoan, who ultimately sent it to the BOT.
    • As second place vote getter, Rocel Ann Vinluan took the Assistant secretary position. She accepted the job.
  • A monthly student off-campus meeting will be held, starting at 9:00 AM on the following dates:
    • January 31, 2015
    • February 28, 2015
    • March 21, 2015
      • Attendance to all scheduled meetings is mandatory.
  • All students must give their grade report cards Mr Albert Bunoan within one day upon receipt of said grade report cards. SAS Ai will withhold tuition payments for any student who do not give their grade report card within one day of receipt.
  • Announcements:
    President & CEO Melanie P Florentino, MAEd

    President & CEO Melanie P Florentino, MAEd

    • Newly elected President & CEO – Melanie P Florentino, MAEd
    • Secretary-Treasurer – Crisostomo L Buenavista, MAEd
    • Auditor – Tina Laycano, BSEd
  • Other Discussions:
    • Continue to actively pursue the shadow program and bring it to fruition.
    • Discontinue the Virtual Classroom activities but the WIKI is open for all students to BLOG and to comment and post.
    • A field trip is in the works
  • Open Forum – no one asked any questions, nor had any concerns.
  • The meeting adjourned at 11:05AM.

Students meet with President & CEO


PresidentJULscholarsCRPDLast July, President & CEO, Mr Leonardjon L Buenavista took a special trip to the Philippines to meet with the students who take part in the SAS Ai financial aid program. Mr Buenavista paid for his own trip and expenses. SAS Ai gave no funds to help defray the cost of his visit.

For the benefit of our donors and supporters, we want to state this upfront to reinforce our statement that we do not have any administrative costs connected with our financial aid program.

The meeting agenda included topics on leadership, teamwork, peer-to-peer help, group study, and participation in the Virtual Classroom activities. By all accounts, everybody had a great time. The meeting enhanced camaraderie among the students and provided student access to SAS Ai’s officers. Field Operations VP, Albert D Bunoan helped set up and conduct the meeting.