Excellence ‘not a skill, but an attitude’ says CENTEX Manila valedictorian

The Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) graduated a total of 141 grade 6 students from its two campuses in Tondo, Manila, and Bauan, Batangas, in separate ceremonies held on March 19 and 20.

Elisha Ezra Peña, CENTEX Manila class 2013 valedictorian, led her class of 66 students. In her valedictory speech, she stressed: “Excellence is not a skill, but an attitude”–showing that she has embodied what CENTEX has been teaching its students over the years. Pena will move on to the prestigious Philippine Science High School.

At CENTEX Batangas, meanwhile, Mathew Ramos was named valedictorian out of a class of 75. He is also an incoming freshman at the Philippine Science High School.

Aside from the top honors, CENTEX and Ayala Foundation also gave the Special Leadership Award to graduating students who met the following criteria: displayed exemplary service to classmates and teachers; had no grade lower than 80 percent in any of the subjects in the last four years; had no disciplinary sanction in the last four years in school; voted by graduating students and approved by teachers; and embodied CENTEX’s values of integrity, excellence, commitment, patriotism. Recipients of the award were Jose Angelo Carreon, John Daniel Regala, and Kyla Charis Charlon for CENTEX Manila; and Ranver Castillo for CENTEX Batangas.

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