Ateneo de Davao Senior High School Director Rikki Enriquez poses for a photo with SHS learners Vanessa Valmoria, Grade 12- HUMMS (left) and Pia Carmina N. Romo Grade 12- STEM (right). Photos from Rikki Enriquez.

By Danica Malle Peña

Senior High School (SHS) learners from the Ateneo de Davao University bagged gold and silver medals during the 2017 World Championship for Performing Arts (WCOPA) at the Long Beach, California, USA last June 28 to July 9.

Competing against more than a hundred performing artists coming from 69 countries all over the world, SHS learners conquered the stage in their own fields of expertise.

Pia Carmina Romo, a grade 12 learner under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand, bagged a gold medal in classical ballet, a silver medal in ethnic dance and was hailed as the 2017 Champion of the World Division Winner in Ballet.

Vanessa Valmoria,  a Grade 12 learner under the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand, won two silver medals in her vocals under categories in rock and gospel and won the industry award signifying that she was able to pass America’s standards of a marketable performer.

“The 6Cs thrust has become my foundation in achieving success,” stated learner-singer Valmoria. 

Both learners said that Ateneo’s core competencies took part in their success.

“The Ateneo core values helped me a lot and made me reach my full potential spiritually and temporally by taking responsibility for who I am and what I want to become,” said Romo.

Valmora then remarked that her competence and commitment was exemplified during and before the competitions. “Compassion, cultural sensitivity, and conscience helped me in building good relationships with my colleagues,” she added.

Valmora and Romo believed that attaining such awards and representing the country was both an honor and a blessing. According to them, they did not only perform for the Philippines, but also for the greater glory of God. Discipline, commitment, focus, and humility along with the 6Cs became their key elements in achieving victory.