SAIPAN – Kagman High School principal Leila Staffler on Wednesday presented the 157 members of the Class of 2019, saying they are the products of the Public School System, the CNMI government and the community.
"These are our future leaders," Staffler said. "These are going to be the people who are going to run our departments, to take care of us when we are at the hospital, when we need counseling and when we need police officers to keep the safety and peace of our islands."
She said Kagman High's goal is to make its students contributing members of the community "so that we can continue to grow our community."
KHS' top senior this year is Britney Camacho Takai.
In her valedictory address, Takai said she wanted to share her award with everyone "because we all suffered and we will conquer."
She recounted that throughout the students' high school lives, the islands were battered with three devastating typhoons.
"We are truly resilient and we can fight through any storm. We are the Class of 2019, unafraid of any challenge," she said. "Thank you to the hardworking teachers and staff at KHS who prioritized not only our education, but our ability to succeed in the future. We will make you proud." She also thanked her family and friends for their support.
Takai will attend Boise State University and major in biology.
"I want to come back and be a forensic scientist," Takai said in an interview.
Salutatorian De Faustina Joseph Camacho thanked her parents, teachers and other mentors for preparing her and her fellow graduates for their future.
Camacho will attend Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she will major in psychology.