Good afternoon. My name is Chloe Ramirez, your fellow Mont Michel student, now alumna. Just a few years ago, I was standing there, in your place, hands sweaty from excitement and just a little fear. Teacher Xandra was giving this speech, and every word she said, I took to heart.
It’s amazing to be back. Mont Michel has always served as a home to me and to each and every Mont Michel student. Whether you are a new student or someone who grew up in the school, Mont Michel has a way of making people feel welcome and loved. This kind of compassion is a true Mont Michel trademark. No matter the circumstance, we have full confidence that our Mont Michel family is with us one hundred percent.
It isn’t an easy task, growing up. Entering high school is not the same as grade school. It’s a rougher terrain because it’s the time when you have a lot of questions and curiosities. You will have different opinions, take risks, and change your mind often but that shouldn’t scare you. It isn’t scary because you know you have a strong support system, set principles, and that above all--you are loved.
You may have an overwhelming amount of sentiments and emotions, some of which may be excitement, relief, happiness, and confusion--or all of it. No matter how much you think you cannot handle these feelings you may get, you should know that it’s ok to feel it all.
But sometimes the mix of all these emotions turn into fear, and it’s ok to be afraid, but don’t let that hinder you from maximizing your potential because Ad Maiorem Factus Es: you were built for something greater. Mont Michel students know better than to accept all as truth. They ask questions, explore and scrutinize, rethink their opinions, make mistakes, but with all these, they never forget to stay true to who they are.
In Mont Michel, you learn to be principled leaders, and staying true to these philosophies may lead you to greater things. On the way to the vision you have for yourself, there will always be something you will not be happy about but that is part of the process. What matters is how gracefully you take failure, and in that grace keep pushing to succeed.
The people in your life matter. They will help you find out who you are and who you want to be. Mont Michel has taught us to value these relationships. We are taught to strive for the best but also to keep a sense of humanity along the way in our moral codes of service, kindness, compassion, and gratitude.
Living a life of virtue can only be done by doing what is right, and you know what is right.
The world is blessed to have young leaders who will serve the country and do their parents and God proud by striving for the best, and nothing less.
Ladies and gentlemen, the graduates of Mont Michel.
- - Francine Chloe G. Ramirez (Valedictorian, MM Grade School Class of 2010 and Valedictorian, MM High School Class of 2014), addressing the Class of 2017 in April 2017
Good morning, Parents. I'm Benedict Tria of Grade 8.
Oftentimes we have the impression that we, your children, need to be in "big" schools in order to grow ready for the outside world. You feel that our growth is dependent on the school size or population.
But I am here to prove otherwise.
Mont Michel has been my second home since I was 3. So, technically, I have grown up here. I have experienced playing in the big shoe, performing with my classmates in different programs, studying late at night for quizzes and exams, cramming for individual and group projects, juggling time for activities, and even watching other students leave the campus as I wait for my fetcher by the gate. It may seem as if these are just ordinary events that everyone has surely experienced as a student. However, I have come to realize there is more to these experiences.
The old and famous big shoe has played a big role in my attempts to make friends with other children in school. In fact, some of them are now my best friends that eventually turned into family.
The performances in countless programs have helped me conquer my fear of speaking and performing in front of unfamiliar faces.
Studying late at night for quizzes and exams has taught me that hard work pays off; that there is no easy way to get good grades; that good could always be better, and better could always be best.
Working on projects and tasks has proven my capacity to work well even under tons of pressure. It has also taught me that while there is value in the independence and self-reliance developed through individual work, the amount of effort we put on group work is, in fact, an effective means to teach us how to deal with different people with varying personalities. From these I learned the importance of cooperation, inclusivity, respect for others’ opinions and inputs, and leadership by example.
Balancing time for academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities such as tae kwon do, violin, and dance club, has taught me time management. We can always try and learn new things with persistence and proper time management. In fact, out of the many activities I got myself involved in here at Mont Michel, I consider most memorable the visit of the Sagittarius Girls’ Club to an orphanage in the south. The visit has opened my eyes to the greater needs of others and greatly inspired me to constantly be of service to others.
And, lastly, as I watch students step out of the gate to go to their respective homes, I see myself choosing to stay because Mont Michel is not all about the homework, seatwork, quizzes, projects, exams, grades, school size, and population. Mont Michel is about fostering lifelong friendships, leading by example, and recognizing that we students are made for something greater. Ad maiorem factus es.