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Malayans Win Best Proposal at High School Leadership Congress

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The student leaders of Malayan High School of Science (MHSS) bagged the Best Event Proposal Award during the University of the Philippines Alliance for Responsive Involvement and Student Empowerment’s (UP ARISE) High School Leadership Congress held at UP Diliman College of Engineering last July 16.

Malayans showcased anew their ingenuity and brilliance during the first High School Leadership Congress last July 16. The event was organized by the University of the Philippines Alliance for Responsive Involvement and Student Empowerment (UP ARISE), a duly recognized engineering-based organization at UP Diliman.

With this year’s theme “Lumos, Lighting the Road Less Travelled,” the High School Leadership Congress endeavors to connect to different high school student leaders and instill among them the core values of the organization: LIVES (Leadership, Integrity, Vision, Excellence, and Service). The congress was participated in by more than ten schools in Metro Manila and Luzon.

In the morning, there were talks about leadership and event planning and monitoring. In the afternoon, the principles learned were highlighted through a workshop wherein student leaders, who were grouped by schools, were asked to come up with project proposals that would adhere to cleanliness programs and other environment-friendly activities. The proposals shall be implemented at the student leaders’ respective schools in the current school year.

The proposal from Malayan High School of Science (MHSS) got the judges’ nods and won the Best Event Proposal Award. It aims to inculcate discipline in the students and create a commitment in the MHSS family to the preservation of the environment through the practice of proper waste management.

The award has marked the start of a fruitful year for the MHSS as an institution of winners and achievers.

“Together with all the teachers and staff, we are very proud of our student leaders besting all other entries in the workshop,” said Dr. Efren B. Mateo, MHSS principal. “The achievement of our students only shows that our school can be at par with the best high schools in the country despite her maiden state in the educational arena.”

Dr. Mateo believes that such achievement by their student leaders could have only resulted from their respect for each other’s views and their desire to achieve unity as members of one big Filipino community.

“They know that their winning output was the collaborative effort of different minds working independently. They understand that if they put their acts together, the results would only turn out to be better. As future leaders, they learned that in any group undertaking, individuals must respect and accept the ideas of the other members.”

For MHSS, the environment is the living science, on which humanity’s existence highly depends. For this, it has been engaging itself in several activities geared toward saving Mother Earth, such as the tree-planting activity, which has been a yearly endeavor.

The MHSS delegation to the High School Leadership Congress was led by its Student Council president Jade Ania C. Agnes and joined by the officers Irina C. Cortez, Jose Mayo V. Viray, Kim T. Selorio, Kyla Dawn C. Mina, John Cedric I. Custodio, Kyle Nathan V. Fazonela, Juan Paolo F. Seraspi, Maria Jessica L. Quing, and Horace G. Baria, and accompanied by Student Council adviser Genevieve Hilario.

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