Today I want to honor another graduate from the class of 2020, Jiannah Abasta from George Washington High School. She is the daughter of Henry and Glenda Abasta of Dededdo, Guam.
I had the privileged of watching this girl grow up to become a wonderful young lady; I could not be more proud of her. Jiannah is a smart young lady who blesses her parents with good grades. She is also very talented in sports and music. I am delighted to see that she uses her God-given talent every Sunday to serve God and her church, “I do play piano at my church every Sunday,” says the graduate.
What is your favorite subject in High School and why?
Jiannah: My favorite subject is English because I really like literature and writing.
English is my favorite subject too, for the same exact reason! Do you have a favorite book/author?
Jiannah: My favorite book series is the Hunger Games which is written by my favorite author, Suzanne Collins.
I didn’t get the chance to read the series, but I heard it’s good! Who was the most influential person to you in High School?
Jiannah: The most influential person to me is one of my council advisors. She’s so hardworking and dedicated. Her positive energy and drive radiates, motivating me to push harder.
It is always a blessing to have advisors who care enough to motivate and push students to their full potential; I’m glad you had that experience. I am a firm believer in the benefits of being part of leadership in High School. Did you have an opportunity to be part of one and what have you learned from it?
Jiannah: “I had the honor of being class of 2020’s council secretary as well as my school’s student representative to the Board. Working with such a large group is very difficult so communication is key. With a leadership position, you always have to give it 110% because your peers are constantly watching. You can’t choose who to work with. You just have to push hard and work together to get the best outcome.“
Sounds like you have had some leadership training, you are smart to realize that communication is important in leadership. According to John Maxwell, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” and communication is one way to show that you care. What was the most important thing you’ve learned while in HS?
Jiannah: “Only you are responsible of your future. Your success is a result of how much work and dedication you put into it.“
That is an awesome lesson learned! What advice can you give to the students who are still in HS?
Jiannah: “High school is an experience so have fun. Don’t neglect your studies but don’t forget about your social life either. You’re only human, you’re allowed to let loose sometimes.“
Great advice! How do you feel about not having a graduation ceremony or not being able to celebrate your graduation?
Jiannah: “I was really upset at first because I would have been the first to walk across that stage. My siblings all had and will have a traditional graduation so it’s upsetting that I won’t, but having a drive-thru graduation is definitely the smartest and safest option we have.“
Wow, that would have been great to be called first, just like your siblings, but a drive – thru graduation? That’s definitely unforgettable! What are your plans after graduation?
Jiannah: “I’m planning on going to UOG in the fall to get started on my degree.“
I heard you are going to major in English, how awesome is that?! Fitting for someone who love literature and writing; maybe you can edit my writing someday. Is there anything you would like to say to the class of 2020?
Jiahnna: “Thank you all for the experience. I’m grateful to have met the people that I did. You’ve all played such a huge part in my journey.“
Anything else you would like to add?
Jiannah: “Thank you to my council advisors for constantly pushing me to be the best version of me and for raising me as if I was their own. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. And thank you, Ms. Jenn for choosing me as one of your adopted graduates! “
We are so proud of you, Jiannah! Congratulations and may God bless you and guide you in everything you do in the future!
There are many ways to make the class of 2020 feel special, be creative! For information about Adopt a Grad Guam please click the FB link below. As part of Jiahnna’s grad celebration, we donated to Guam Animals In Need. You can find their link below.
TO THE CLASS OF 2020 AROUND THE WORLD,