The Simon Sanchez High School Sharks flooded the Micronesia Mall to celebrate their annual Sharks Day on Feb. 17. Students from various clubs and organizations showcased their projects and talents to the community.
“Every year, the students have new materials and accomplishments to present,” said an excited C’zer Medina, dance teacher and the host and coordinator of Sharks Day.
According to Medina, Sharks Day allows students an opportunity to show the public their achievements, and builds unity among peers. “We want to make sure everyone in our school is well represented, to show our pride, passion and the love that we have as a Shark family,” he said.
“This is a very positive way for students to come together, share their knowledge and talents, and help one another.”
Representing the Sharks
Contrasting the early Saturday morning silence at the mall, the Sharks stirred a spirited wave as they kicked off the celebration with a parade of clubs. Class council representatives and popular Sanchez clubs marched around, bolstering posters and singing and chanting to an energized audience.
Impressed by the parade, freshman Althea Salumag described how the diversity of school clubs present at Shark Day blends a smooth mix of school spirit and student passion.
“Our school Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) members march with confidence. The dance team, ‘The Movement,’ entered with positivity. The cheer squad came in with so much pop. All the students have so much dedication,” Salumag said.
While this was the freshman’s first Sharks Day, the baby Shark admired the seamless connection between different school groups.
“The students here are so friendly to one another. We work together to bring out the most of our school, despite its limitations. Even though our facilities aren’t as good as other schools, the students really make the school look good,” she said.
As top talents performed on stage, club members hosted informational booths to interact with curious mall-goers, showcasing the esteemed educational experience Sharks receive, despite their ailing campus.
Student role models
Simon Sanchez’s Close Up Club took the initiative to encourage teens to become involved in local government.
“Close Up Club is an organization meant to promote civic duty in young people through trips and other activities. We also show them the different processes that happen within the government, like how a bill becomes law,” said Gleannie Pere, Sanchez junior and club member.
Lyca Nunez, fellow junior, added, “As members of the club, we maintain the responsibilities of a good citizen by learning about the history of the nation, staying updated on current events and helping out the community.”
The day continued with the “Mr. and Ms. Simon Sanchez Pageant,” a highlight for many Sharks during the spirited showcase.
In a fashionable showing of casual and formal wear, eight female and seven male contestants competed against one another for a crown, title and bragging rights. Crowd favorite and Sanchez senior Jake Uncangco was crowned “Mr. Sanchez.”
“It feels great to be Mr. Sanchez, but honestly, I didn’t expect to win. By being Mr. Sanchez, I hope to serve as a role model for the other students by showing them the importance of school spirit,” Uncangco said.
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