Aug 26 2016
The Philippine Youth News Center (PYNC) held its second annual production mainly about the basics of video news, in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas Junior High School, TomCat and ASEAN Children News, last August 26 at UST Tan Yan Kee AVR. 3 representatives, namely Mark Jay Casipit, Ronalyn Lalimo and Deann Caminar, of the Social Media Club, together with former junior high students, Ralph Estrella and Uriah Tabago, were given a chance to participate with the supervisor of Ms. Irene Rodriguez and Mr. Danny Balance.
The event started with a warm welcome for the chosen representatives coming from different departments of UST. Next were a series of the invited speakers giving their own tips from their experience about a diversity of fields on news video. The first speaker, Ms. Janelle Ann Catapusan, presented the basic news scriptwriting as a medium of telling a newsworthy story. Next, Mr. Justine Dixon talked about focusing on visual literacy and basic camera handling which are both significant during news coverage. Meanwhile, Ms. Katrina Domingo tackled about the depth of preparations, processes and expectations on television reporting. She even gave a glimpse of the actual deliverance during on set broadcasting. Lastly, Ms. Jane Bracher taught how online reporting and responsible journalism is carried out. She even presented her videos, even live videos from Facebook, to clearly emphasize the difference between journalists and netizens, and how fast it should be for the world to get news.
The whole day production were worth it as students bring home a memorable lessons, as well as experiences, in becoming a Media worker.
Jul 21 2016
The University of Santo Tomas Junior High School tops the 6th National Student Leadership Assembly and Talent Fair organized by the Association of Philippine Private Administrators and Mentors (APPSAM) last July 21 until July 23 at Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City. For the fifth time, the UST sends 20 aspiring professionals to compete in the academic and performance categories. Upholding to this year’s theme “Creating Connections… Building Bridges Together,” the students were given an opportunity to showcase their God-given talents and gifts, to learn from a meaningful experience and to establish connections and linkages togeter with the 25 private secondary schools and to become better nation builders.
On the first day, the APPSAM executive officers and board members gave a warm welcome to all the schools that participated in the annual event, including La Salle Antipolo, Sienna College Taytay and University of Perpetual Help System. A part of the program was where all the participating schools have to present and enjoin in the making of their respective cheer to boost the spirit of their team and others as well. The UST JHS team showcased different cheers which caught the attention of the audience. Elimination rounds for the academic, speaking and writing competitions started already in the afternoon of the first day already. Suprisingly, everyone qualified in the final round.
On the second day, the final rounds for the academic and speaking contests were held during the morning and the final for the Mr. and Ms. APPSAM Personality during the night.
On the third day was the announcement of the winners for the writing contest. In each contest, the USTJHS showed their full support for the team. The year was made more memorable by the teachers who constantly supported and guided the students before, during and after the annual event- Ms. Maria Zarah Vivas, Ms. Patricia Sibug and Mr. Karlo Jay Perez. After the three-day assembly, the USTJHS participants just did not enhanced their talents and skills, learned from the seminars and gained new friends from different participating private schools, they also gave glory to the school and the university.
Here is the list of the winners and participants:
- Christa Padrigo: Pagsulat ng Tula – Champion
- Margauth Nera: Pagbigkas ng Tula – Champion
- Victoria Anne Camello: Essay Writing – Champion
- Alyssa Tiangsing: Interpretative Reading – Champion
- Iris Cardenas: Declamation – Champion
- Calvin Manahan: Extemperaneous Speaking – Champion
- Ronalyn Lalimo: Science Quiz Bee – 1st Runner Up
- Alexis Al Sharhan: Biglaang Talumpatian 1st Runner Up
- Dale Lainez: Mr. APPSAM Personality – 2nd Runner Up (Best in Casual Wear, Best in Sports Wear)
- Mary Jesserae Anselmo: Mrs. APPSAM Personality – 2nd Runner Up (Best in Uniform, Best in Filipiniana)
- Caress Solis: Madamdaming Pagbasa – 2nd Runner Up
- Emilyn Dunton: Pagsulat ng Sanaysay – 4th Placer
- Melanie Jimenez: Pagsulat ng Sanaysay – 9th Placer
- Kenneth Punzalan: Poster Making – 7th Placer
- Aaliyah Duran: General Information Quiz Bee – Finalist
- Cole Balajadia: Mathematics Quiz Bee – Finalist
- Patricia Bojador: Pagsulat ng Sanaysay – Participant
- Paolo Nicolas: Poetry Writing – Participant
- Paul Rey: Pagsulat ng Tula – Participant
In order to give an idea of the true meaning service and leadership to incoming student leaders for academic school year 2016-2017, the Student Council and with their adviser, Ms. Maria Zarah P. Vivas, organized the Leadership Training Seminar with the theme Pieces: “Assembling Youth Thomasian Leaders in Building Boundless Possibilities” at the Miguel de Benavides Auditorium and the Sitio Antonio Wavepool Resort, Pandi, Bulacan from June 27 to July 1.
There are approximately 150 youth Thomasian leaders, representing their respective clubs, who attented the in-campus seminar, hosted by Christa Bianca Padrigo, the Student Council president and Paul Johnson Rey, the Student Council treasurer.
On the first day, the student leaders were energized with a getting-to-know activity, after the said activity, Ms. Niña Jessica Pasno, the former Student Council President, gave an inspirational talk to aspiring student leaders about how challenging yet fun it is to serve the fellow Thomasian students and community. In addiction to that, she also shared her thrilling experience as a student leader since UST Grade School up to her campaign in the Central Student Council. The next speaker was our very own, Mrs. Marivic Torres, the assistant principal. Mrs. Torres discussed the Manuel of Student Organizations, which explained what was expected to be produced per student organization. The third speaker was Mr. Anthony Yoma, a distuingished English Teacher and the head of Simbahayan Community for the UST JHS. He talked about Community Service wherein students learned the different requirements on community development such as project and budget proposals, Letters, and the Simbahayan projects as well. Mr. Charles Deita, the school secretary, was the last speaker. He presented the Office Protocol, the proper recognition of distinguished people young leaders must know in order to write a letter, request or certificate addressed to the respected office. The day was ended by the introduction of the club advisers for this academic year.
The learnings of the student leaders continued during the second day in which Mr. Karlo Jay Perez, taught the ABCs of Budgeting, the seed fund of every club, the proper citation of receipts and everything the student leaders need to know. He gave students leaders tricky worksheets on how to correctly document the receipts and budget of the club. The next speaker was Ms. Katherine Patrice Sibug, who tackled on the ABCs of Letterwriting; how to write effectively to get the approval of the office. Each club was also given a chance to write a sample letter addressed to office pertaining to a certain activity held by a club. Giving a short lecture was Mr. John Raymond Sandoval, who also encouraged the student leaders to use the library resources and challenged them to promote the use of the library to their fellow Thomasians.
The third day of the Leadership Training Seminar was more of the planning of the club activities, bulletin board making and school calendar plotting for each club.
The in-campus, the molding of the Thomasian core values are continued during the 2 days off campus wherein the 90 student leaders are distributed among the 8 teams. Each student leader proved their leadership as an individual and as a team in the team building activities. A ceremonial event also happened during the night, wherein each club took the oath of responsibility as Thomasian leaders serving and sacrificing for the community.
The five days Leadership Training Seminar In-Campus and Off-Campus truly was a successful event for giving meaning to service and leadership and promoting the Thomasian core values. Each invidual continues to prove themselves to be a serving and sacrificing leader as they venture out for the upcoming academic year 2016-2017.
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