With the theme “Stand TALL: Camaraderie in Collectivity”, students-leaders of Aquinas School braved the physical, mental, and emotional exercises and the challenges posted by the guest speaker, San Juan City Vice Mayor Jose Warren Villa during the annual leadership training conducted by the Supreme Student Council at the school grounds, September 14, 2019.
About a hundred young student leaders from the fourth-twelfth grades participated in the whole day event jampacked with team-building activities, mental exercises, and short leadership seminars primarily facilitated by the SSC President Jethro Lagmay, and SSC Senior High School Representative Dan Guiruela.
An activity called “Assemble”, required the participants to form a group of leaders they would be with for the rest of the day. These groups were tasked to create their names aligned with the theme, and their banner and chant which they presented afterwards.
In the next activity, Vice Mayor Jose Warren Villa emphasized how important studying is in becoming a leader today through his talk, “Being a Leader in the 21st Century.”
Former Dominican Network Youth Group National Coordinator and a member of Aquinas School Batch 2014, Nathan Agustin also shared his ideas and experiences on how to “Inspire, Motivate, and Empower” as Aquinian leaders.
Moreover, parallel workshops related to the responsibilities of officers in the positions they are serving in their respective clubs and organizations were also held for all the participants. These were facilitated by the Allied Sciences head, Ms. Lara Bianca Castro, the Communication Arts Head, Mr. Mark Angelo Dinlasan, and the Humanities Head, Mr. Reginald Ian Calina.
Lastly, “Decathlon”, a shorter-paced version of the Amazing Race followed where the groups went head-to-head to finish the challenges within the time limit.
The day concluded with the awards given to the best chant and best banner design, and the winner for the decathlon challenge.