Alumna cops St. Francis of Assisi award; Batch 2019 bids farewell

It took 8 years and 6 graduation rites before a female coed emerged again as St. Francis of Assisi awardee during the 60th Commencement Exercises for senior high school graduates last April 27, 2019 at the LSQC Auditorium.

Claire Anne Samaniego, a 17- year old graduate from Batch 2019, received the honors from the most prestigious and highest award given by the school to its graduating students. She shared through an online interview via Facebook, “I was shocked and my mind just went blank. When I was delivering my speech, everything felt so surreal. Being a candidate was already fulfilling and to be this year’s awardee was truly a great honor.

Samaniego was a hard working and diligent student being a familiar name and face during the recognition programs as a consistent honor student. She graduated With High Honors this year. Aside from her outstanding academic performance, she also has manifested exemplary behavior with her high conduct grade of A almost every semester. She was a student worthy of emulation.

Samaniego, who belonged to the STEM strand in senior high school replied when asked what she thought made her most qualified for the award. “Simplicity, perseverance, faith, and love. First, my parents would always remind me to live within our means and we shouldn’t be envious of others. Second, there were several times that I thought of giving up because of academics and personal problems. I cried and rested but I never surrendered. What kept me going was my faith and trust in God and my dream for myself, family, and community. I wanted to be someone of relevance and an individual whom others can be proud of. Lastly, it is in doing everything with love. No matter how simple or small it may be, I always made sure to put love in the things I do and the people I meet.”

Further, this young lady who is also this year’s recipient of the Alfonso Yuchengco National Award for Discipline believes that more than the award or recognition, it’s the impact in her life that matters most now. “It is a responsibility to constantly live by the values manifested by St. Francis especially towards the unfortunate. I plan on joining groups or organizations that promote social work, just like what I did in 6th grade as a member of our school’s Rotary Club.” , she added.

The incoming BS Food Technology freshman at the University of the Philippines Diliman believes in the importance of her role as St. Francis of Assisi awardee to Lourdesians and LSQC even if she has already left the hallowed grounds of this almost 65 year-old institution. She stressed, “First, it (role as St. Francis awardee) is to serve as an inspiration to every Lourdesian to always stay humble and to welcome different people in our community. Second, it is to continue living the ideals of LSQC within and most especially, outside and beyond my alma mater. The world outside is the real world where we will get to experience both achievements and disappointments; at the same time, witness how this world favors some people. It is with utmost importance that we continue to manifest the core values we have imbibed in order to remain stewards of one another.”

Samaniego was chosen among three other finalists this year and had to undergo a strict selection process which comprised of pre-selection criteria that included Grade 11 and 12 academic and conduct grades, absence of APSA offenses and sanctions, grades in CLEd and Franciscanism and basic residency of 6 years of high school. The final selection process included peer evaluation among batchmates, teacher evaluation and an interview by a panel made up of a St. Francis of Assisi awardee, parent of an alumnus/ alumna, Capuchin brother, faculty member and school administrator.

The last alumna who received the said award was Charlene Mae Celoso of Batch 2011.

Meanwhile, ABM graduate Alfred Antoni Andrius Armada was declared the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Awardee for Outstanding Leadership. Armada, who also graduated With High Honors, served as Chief Executive Officer of the General Academics Society during his final year in LSQC. On the other hand, Julian Xavier Simbulan of the STEM strand received the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Award for Outstanding Community Development for his commendable efforts in serving not only the LSQC community as member of the LLEAP Executive Board but also as staff member of the Junior Council National Executive Board of the Children’s Museum and Library Inc. or the CMLI. Simbulan was also bestowed the Fernanda Salceda Youth Achievement Award.

Further, IMS Guild CEO and STEM strand graduate Kurvie Philip Oliver Apolinar had emerged as this year’s Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardee, an award staging its comeback after 2015 to graduating high school students. The incoming freshman student at the Ateneo de Manila University under full scholarship bested eight other candidates for the said award that looked into conduct grade, academic grades, service rendered, leadership positions and co-curricular participation. Apolinar also graduated With High Honors.

HUMSS graduate Lyle Johanne Perez was this year’s recipient of the Becoming Like Christ Award, an elusive award for Lourdesians. The awardee must have earned a final conduct grade of A for both semesters, perfect attendance and no disciplinary sanction.

A total of 95 Grade 12 students graduated this year. The graduates were confirmed and conferred the degree by LSQC Rector Rev. Fr. Alberto S. Poblete, OFMCap. Prior to the Graduation program, a Baccalaureate Mass was presided by Rector Fr. Poblete together with Campus Ministry and Mission Officer Rev. Fr. Rex Cutamora, OFMCap.

This year’s graduation also had three groups who were bestowed the Outstanding Research Award. Out of 18 research groups this school year, the STEM-based research group of Joaquin Teng, Angelika Castel, Mark Baya and Julius Torres were handed the award under the Research Area for Community Based Innovation. Their study Building a Resilient Community through Earthquake Hazard Mapping had them design a map for their adopted community Barangay Paang Bundok. The said map though was designed after identifying hazards and possible evacuation areas around the barangay. On the other hand, the research group composed of HUMSS graduates Perez, Geoffrey Alturino, Jule Ervin De Guzman and Christopher Musngi with their study The Eco-conscious Narratives of Disaster Resilience of the Residents of Barangay Paang Bundok, Quezon City earned the said award under the area for Language, Religion and Cultural Studies. The said group explored on the narratives of Brgy. Paang Bundok’s residents on disaster resilience to arrive at common themes. Their study, likewise, was cited as the heart and soul of Project Resilience or the community-based multi-disciplinary research project of the senior high school with Brgy. Paang Bundok, QC as their adopted community.

Meanwhile, the research study Acoustic and Ergonomic Assessment and Redesign of LSQC Classrooms and Furniture conducted by Apolinar, Simbulan, Jayson Astor and AJ Ocenar Jr. was declared Outstanding Research under the area for Institutional Efficiency, Effectivity and Productivity. The said study investigated on the acoustic and ergonomic properties and features of high school classrooms and fixtures to determine whether they comply with standards. Interestingly, the results of their study was used to create a proposed design for the classrooms that will most effectively help promote productive learning in class.

A day prior to the commencement exercises, LSQC held the send-off ceremony for Batch 2019 which was highlighted by the awarding of medals to loyalty awardees and certificates for the accomplishment of research/capstone projects and business enterprise simulation projects of the students. The ceremonial turnover of LLEAP Leadership also took place in the said event as well as the donning of stole, cake slicing and wine toast which is part of the annual tradition.

This year, Perez delivered the Gratitude Speech during the send-off while Apolinar rendered the response of the Graduates during the graduation program.

The 60th commencement exercises marked also two of the firsts in LSQC’s books: the graduation of the pioneer batch of ABM and HUMSS and the first time high school Lourdesian graduates will don the academic gown.

For the complete list of the awardees, you may click on the succeeding link:

Photos by Josh Izon, IMS Guild