ALS celebrates largest graduation in three years
--by Simone Hockins
It was a sea of white as more than 1200 elementary and secondary graduates proudly marched across the stage in their milky-white robes and mortarboards for the 2016 Camarines Sur Alternative Learning System (ALS) graduation.
The celebration, held on Tuesday September 20 in the Capitol Convention Center in Pili, commended the highest number of ALS graduates since 2013.
Crowds of family members, friends, teachers and administrators swarmed the packed-out venue to watch in support.
The ceremony also recognised outstanding passers from the ALS program. Four secondary graduates achieved the best possible result in both the standard score (SS) and the essay - Cristina Ariola Nacario, from Lagonoy South, Lorena Pait Luceno from Sipocot South, and Christine Mascarinas Bongalos and Mary Joyce Cahindo Villanueva, both from Pamplona.
At the elementary level, two graduates from Pamplona scored the highest results. Erika Nuana Nieva scored 118 in the SS and 4 in the essay, while Robert Marino Magdato achieved 111 in the SS and 3 in the essay. Maria Jean Albus Bodino from Sipocot South took out third place. She attained 108 in the SS and 4 in the essay.
Well over half of the graduates who attended the ceremony received a medal of recognition, including 193 learners receiving two medals for achieving 100 or above in the SS and a 4 in the essay. A further 593 passers also received a single medal for getting either 100 or above in the SS or a 4 in the essay.
The Governor of Camarines Sur, the Honorable Miguel Luis R. Villafuerte was a guest speaker at the event. He congratulated all A&E graduates but specifically acknowledged the mature-age students and parents who were able to complete their studies.
The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the continuous hard-work of all the implementers. Caramoan South took out the 2015 Accreditation and Equivilency (A&E) Top Performing District, followed by Libmanan North then Pamplona.
All ALS districts of Camarines Sur, apart from Caramoan and Tinambac districts, attended the ceremony. The Tinambac and Caramoan areas had their own graduation ceremonies earlier in the month. The total number of graduates, including the Tinambac and Caramoan areas, was 1663.
Hundreds of graduates packed the Capitol Convention Center for the event.
Governor Migz congratulations some of the graduates.