As the biggest event the Senior High School Government (SHSG) has yet organized, SHS students packed the XU Covered Courts for their first ever General Assembly themed, “Plunge 2017: Transitions and Transformations” on February 15. Plunge 2017 succeeded the individual SHS strand assemblies conducted for each strand on February 8.

The theme emphasizes the transcendence of the students’ character from Junior High School to SHS. Plunge 2017 aimed to encourage everyone to immerse oneself in the Senior High experience. XUSHS Principal Rogelio Gawahan led the opening remarks by reminding everyone that the General Assembly serves to “promote strand unity, camaraderie, and invigorate batch spirit.”

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Showcasing the student government’s contribution in developing the SHS experience, SHSG President Angelika Mari Gultia presented her 100 Days Report during the event. Since the October 5 Senior High elections, the SHSG has organized seven programs and events. The highlights of Gultia’s 100 Days Report were the Tales of Martial Law talk, XU Foundation Days SHS Exhibit, Operation Tabang CDO during the January 16 flood, the strand assemblies, and Plunge 2017.

Along with those efforts, Gultia enthused on the future activities and policies the SHSG aims to implement in the near future. One of these is the fund-raising project of the SHSG for the Lumad scholars of Zamboangita through the film-showing of K’Na. Headed by Vice President Matt Ondap, the Directorate is also preparing the presentation of the Magna Carta of Students’ Rights for SHS.

Gultia further won the crowd’s cheers with the news that the SHSG remains firm against the implementation of the Lockdown Policy – wherein SHS students are not permitted to leave the campus during their lunch break. She also assured that a photocopier will already be placed near the School of Business and Management building since nearly half of the SHS hold their classes there. Furthermore, she informed the audience that there will already be no PE classes during Wednesday afternoons, so that students can fully maximize the free time or student activities allotted for that day. Additionally, the call-time for Monday morning assemblies next academic year shall be on 7:30 am rather than the current 7:10 am.

Entertainment was served in a dance number from X-Unified and Black Elite. Blu Valledor, Patricia Damasing, Muriel Lomadilla and Josh Adornado then owned the stage and hit the high notes with their various song numbers. Celebrating Post-Valentine’s, Miko Bombeo (HumSS), Maria Lagura (STEM), and Kryslie Reonal (ABM) serenaded the crowd as they sang OPM songs. Moreover, the Vamenta Brothers dropped the base in a beatboxing performance.

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Various inter-strand competitions also took place during the assembly, namely the Creative Strand Performance – which embodied each strand’s essence – and the search for the first-ever SHS Ambassador and Ambassadress. The Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSS) strand topped the Creative Strand Performance with their spoken word performance presented together with an interpretative dance.

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Photo by Coleen Vitor

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Furthermore, the Strand Ambassadors fighting for the overall SHS Ambassador and Ambassadress title claimed the limelight in their respective strand costumes and Gil Macaibay gowns and suits during the night. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassadors bagged both the Best Female and Best Male strand costume category. The People’s Choice Award was awarded to Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Ambassador Jason John Sia and HumSS Ambassadress Andrea Brito.

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Following the Question and Answer segment, General Academic Strand (GAS), STEM, and HumSS Ambassadresses were filtered to the Top Three.

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Photo by Coleen Vitor

Entering the Top Three for the Ambassadors were from ABM, Technical Vocational Track (Tech-Voc), and STEM. Overall, ABM Ambassador Jason Sia and STEM Ambassadress Alex Peligrino were crowned as SHS Ambassador and Ambassadress, respectively.