Last week, I joined a group called Adopt A Grad, Guam and, and had written about one grad I decided to adopt. This week I decided to adopt a couple more. I chose Keiani Borja Pangelinan from St. Paul Christian School. She is the daughter of Jocelyn Pangelinan of Yigo, Guam.
I had the privileged of watching this girl’s journey throughout her High School years, and I could not have been more proud of her. She is a lovely young lady who never fails to wear a smile whenever I see her. She has a golden heart, “whenever I see people in need on the side of the road I always try to be giving to them.” What a kind heart! As sweet as she is, she is one tough young lady, too, especially in sports.
What is your favorite subject, and why? Keiani: My favorite subject is Social Studies because Mr. Schaefer teaches me about life.
It is a blessing to have someone aside from your parents teach you about life. I believe that you will always remember the teachers who care and go above and beyond their duties.
Do you have a favorite book/author, and why? Keiani: Goodmorning Mirror by Jennifer Senne
“Ahaha” now, you are just trying to make me feel good.
Who was the most influential person to you during your High School, and why? Keiani: “Jazmin Samonte because whenever I failed at something, she was always there to help me & guide me to be the best that I could be.”
That’s amazing! I’m reminded of the song, “That’s what friends are for,“ I’m sure you haven’t heard it before; I think you’re too young or should I say, I’m too old ahaha. I did see the special bond you and Jazmin have.
I’m a firm believer in the benefits of being part of leadership while in High School. Did you have an opportunity to be part of one? If so, how was your experience? Keiani: Yes, I am the ASB Vice President of my school. I have learned leadership & that being one of the leaders requires being patient & understanding to meet the expectations of our fellow students. I agree a leader must have a lot of patience and understanding to lead. “ Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Aristotle.
What was the most important thing you’ve learned in HS? Keiani:I have learned to overcome obstacles & change directions to achieve my goal.
Wow, that is not easy to do. It takes a strong person to overcome obstacles. You are very wise not to let anything hinder you from achieving your goals.
What advice can you give to the students who are still in HS? Keiani: Believe in yourself & all that you are. Know that there is something in you that is greater then any obstacle.
What a great message!
How do you feel about not having a graduation ceremony or not being able to celebrate your graduation? Keiani: Of course like everyone else, I am sad that I won’t be having a traditional graduation. Still, I am grateful for anything that happens as long as my classmates & I are together.
You indeed are a wonderful young lady. I love that you see positive things despite the situation and still counting your blessings.
What are your plans after graduation? Keiani: I am planning on joining the military so I am going to focus on achieving that goal.
Serving our country is a wonderful thing and is something to be proud of. Good for you!
Is there anything you would like to say to the class of 2020? Keiani:I would like to say Congratulations & best wishes on your future.
Is there anything else you would like to add? Keiani: I would like to add that Auntie Jenn is the “bestest” & thank you for always being kind to me and always guiding me and always giving me the best advice in everything I do. ♥️
I am so proud of your achievements, Keiani! It was lovely watching you grow into a young lady! Congratulations and I wish you the best in everything you plan to accomplish in the future!
There are many ways to make the class of 2020 feel special, be creative! Please make sure you coordinate with parents and continue to practice social distancing protocol. For information about Adopt a Grad Guam please click the FB link below. As part of Kei’s grad celebration, I donated to Guahan Paws for Pets Gofundme page. You can find their FB link below.