For the past two years of the pandemic, Midway Senior High School has conducted its annual recognition and graduation rites virtually. This year was different. Last May 27, 2022, Midway Senior High School conducted its much-awaited in-person Commencement Exercises and Recognition Rites anchored on the theme, “K to 12 Graduates: Pursuing Dreams and Fostering Resilience in the Face of Adversity”.
The program started with the Ecumenical Services led by Rev. Fr. William Villavisa and Ptr. Leah Valino. Both preachers highlighted the importance of faith being the center of our lives. The Recognition rites came immediately after the ecumenical services to recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary performance in their respective tracks/strands. Mr. John Elijah Zairmon Mella, Grade 12 Second Highest Achiever, opened that part of the program by delivering a warm welcome remark. The class advisers of Grade 11 and 12 spearheaded the awarding of certificates and medals to the achievers from different sections. For Grade 11, it was Mr. Johnreel Alcantara who bagged the Highest Academic Achiever award while Ms. Leah Joy C. Astelero was the Grade 12 Highest Academic Achiever and the Class Valedictorian of Class 2022.
After the very momentous recognition rites, a 15-minute break followed. Grade 11 and 12 awardees assembled in front of the Academic Building for the next part of the program, the Arrival Honors. Headed by the Senior High School Principal, Mr. Robie Mar A. Dayto, Midway community welcomed Dr. Arnold D. De Castro, the guest speaker of this year’s Commencement Exercises. It was facilitated by 153rd Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. The Commencement Exercises began right after the Arrival Honors. The Senior High School Principal formally introduced Dr. De Castro as the guest speaker. Dr. De Castro delivered his Commencement Address asking the graduating class what they should do next. He left that question to the graduating class for them to dream bigger because there is much more outside. He further added that their diplomas were just paper, but it may take them to much greater heights. Presentation of candidates for graduation took immediately after. The Senior High School Principal facilitated it and was received and confirmed by Dr. De Castro. Despite wearing facemask during the ceremony, genuine happiness was seen in everyone’s eyes.
The event was just one day, but the memories will surely be remembered by the students in their lifetime as they embark on new chapters in their lives.
Congratulations, Class 2022!