The following speeches were delivered during the Grade School Reading of Honors last 22 July 2013. The first was by Mrs. Flora Anne R. Alfonso, the Grade School Assistant Principal for Academic Matters, to introduce the guest speaker, Mr. Patrick Sheldon Wee.
Good morning.Â Our guest speaker for today is on his First Year at the Ateneo De Manila University taking up Business Management Honors, emphasis, of course, on the Honors.Â He is no stranger to receiving awards and bringing honor to Xavier School, his alma mater.
As a grade school student, he received for three successive years (from Grades 5 to 7) the Xavier Award, the highest honor given by our Grade School Department.Â As a high school student, he was a consistent awardee for Academic Excellence, First Honors, and Chinese Excellence, as well as always being among the top two inÂ his Batch Rank.Â He was also the recipient of the Magis Award and the Gawad Uliran twice and the Katangi-tanging Xaverian Award once.Â He was awarded as the Outstanding Speaker of the Beijing Language and Culture University Higher Level Speech Contest, the Outstanding Student of the JiMei University Summer Program in Xiamen, and the Outstanding Ambassador of the TiltShift Global Conference in Singapore. Just recently, he was awarded as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Chinese â Filipino students of the Philippines by the AiXin Foundation.
He was declared the Valedictorian of the 45th Ateneo De Manila University Junior Summer Seminar last year, earning him a scholarship for his current college course.Â To earn this distinction, he had to be the best among the 70 highest scorers in the Ateneo De Manila College Entrance Tests from examinees consisting of the top 5 students of every premier high school in the country.
He considers among his achievements as being a Koosh Ball expert in his grade school days and currently an authority on the game of Quidditch of Harry Potter fame.Â Taken all together, these accomplishments reflect our guest speakerâs dedication to the Xaverian ideals of excellence and well-rounded development.
Ladies, gentlemen, and young gentlemen, please welcome our very own Patrick Sheldon Wee.
Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., School President, Ms. Aimee Apolinario, Grade School Principal, Ms. Flora Alfonso, Grade School Assistant Principal for Academics, Ms. Joanne Pusta, Grade School Assistant Principal for Formation, beloved âchers and fellow monsters:
Letâs play a game! Itâs called stand if itâs you and sit if itâs not. Simply, if the sentence applies to you, stand up. If it doesnât, stay seated. There are no right or wrong answers, just be honest and have fun! Teachers are highly encouraged to join this game.
- I have watched Monsters University! Yay!
- I have always wanted to be cool monster! Rawr!
- Mike Wizowski is so cute! Aww!
Thank you very much for participating! You guys did a great job!
Truth be told, Iâve been looking forward to this movie so much. I mean, other than the fact that my mom super duper uber sounds like Mrs. Squibbles: Oh, PWee, would you want some cookies?, I was super obsessed and in love with the movie to the point that I dreamed I was a student at Monsters University. (Oh, donât worry, I didnât break my neck doing that!)
But seriously, Monsters University resonated within me. There was sense of connection I had with the movie. And I felt this connection, because Mike Wizowski was just like me. So today, Iâd like to share with you three things, just three things that might help you as you begin this new school year.
Mike Wizowski wasnât always the awesome kid. And so wasnât I! If Mike Wizowski was too small to do anything, back when I was a kid, I was dubbed by one of my teachers as âone of the noisiest and rowdiest students sheâd ever had,â and you know what, people will always tell you, that maybe, you have to try harder for this, or that you have to work harder for that, but, let me be the first person to tell you, that you can do it, that you are great, that you are smart, that you are strong. And donât let any other person take that away from you, cause thatâs what you are. YOU CAN DO IT.
Now, I want you to tap the person on your right, and tell that person, âYou are awesome!â Now, I want you to tap the person on your left, and tell that person, âYou are smart, strong and good!â
Good job, guys!
Now, Iâm gonna tell you a secret, okay? Did you know that youâre in one of the best schools in the world? You see teachers, your classmates, and this school? You may not know it, but you and your parents chose to study in finest schools in the whole wide world, Xavier School. And thatâs something to be proud of. And it also is a big responsibility. Not everyone is given the same opportunity. So study hard, excel, be great!
Now, thatâs not to say that school will be easy this school year. It will be challenging but fun! In fact, when Mike stepped into Monsters University, he sure had a hard time, but what I loved most about Mike was how despite all the difficulty, he tried and tried and tried.
Back in 3rd Grade, I was in trouble a lot. I didnât really get good grades, nor was I in any varsity. I was sent to the ODS a couple of times, and I would be my guidance counselorâs suki.Â But I was luckier. Mike had no one to guide him what to do, but I had people always there to help me out.
You see, the people seated with you, those wearing pink and blue blouses and polos, theyâve dedicated their lives to a vocation that may not fill their pockets, but will surely fill their hearts. And they are great in their own ways because of that. So, letâs give them a warm round of applause!
And you know what, you can too. Your teachers are gonna do everything to make sure you can be the best that you can be. If you put your heart and mind in what you do, if you never give up, if you just try and try and try, you will get somewhere, believe me. If you just keep going, you will shine wherever you go!
Now, I want you to tap the person to your right, and tell that person: âTry and try and you will fly!â Now, I want you to tap the person to your left and tell that person: âYou will shine wherever you go!â
At the end of it all, there was always someone along the way who made sure everything would be alright. Mike had Sully, a super awesome, obviously cooler than Barney, dinosaur-like monster. Well, I, I had someone with me as well through it all. He was always patient with me, listened to me all the time, cared for me, sought out what was best for me, and was there through it all. This is gonna sound cheesy and all that, but its Him up there. I mean, in the most trying of times, when I was just about to break down, he somehow found ways to work things out. Iâm not exactly the completely religious type of person, but you know what, he always has a plan. And it always works out fine.
You know, all it takes talking to him. Tell him what you think, what you feel, what you want. Be honest, be sincere. He loves you and will always be listening. Pray! For even if you feel the whole world has turned on you, Heâll still be there, ready to embrace you. Now, just to end, my club moderator has this beautiful sign posted in our office, and it goes: âAng hindi magdasal, nakamamamtay!â just like one of those MMDA signs. So donât forget to pray, or else huhulihin ka ng MMDA, o ang Mga Madasaling Diwata at Anghel!
Now, letâs tap the person to our right, and tell that person: âPray!â Now, letâs tap the person to our left and tell that person: âPray, or else lagot ka sa MMDA!â
So, those are the three things Iâd like to share with you for this morning. Thank you very much for all your participation.
To end, Itâs gonna take me a long time to let go of Monsters University. I have watched it so many times, and it has always made me happy in the simplest of ways. And I know it will for a long time to come. And Monsters University has this school song that goes: âMonsters University, we give our hearts to youâŚ,â and when that song was playing in the movie, I thought about how even more awesome our Xavier School song is, and if I were to leave you today with just three lines to remember, it would be these:
Strength and purity of soul, mind and body
Keep the light in your hearts always.
Make your light brightly shine till the journey’s end;
Luceat Lux, fellow monsters!
Photos by Mr. Jovie Espino, Grade 4 English Teacher