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ADAUGHTER of a sug­ar­cane farmer from Barangay Agtabo, Passi City in Iloilo prov­ince fin­ished her col­lege de­gree as summa cum laude. Karen M. Gar­dose, 20, is among the 79 col­lege schol­ars of the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment who were rec­og­nized on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Gar­dose fin­ished her Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Ap­plied Math­e­mat­ics de­gree at the West Visayas State Univer­sity (WVSU)-main cam­pus in Iloilo City.

She said that she never ex­pected to get the high­est award.

“First of all, I’m over­whelmed and blessed be­cause I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to reach this award,” said Gar­dose. “Never in my life I thought to re­ceive such award.”

Re­call­ing all the hard­ships she gone through since her el­e­men­tary days, Gar­dose, who is sec­ond among four sib­lings, said that her dream to al­le­vi­ate her fam­ily from poverty mo­ti­vated her to do best in her stud­ies.

She said she is plan­ning to fur­ther study Ac­tu­ar­ial Math­e­mat­ics be­cause she dreams of work­ing in the gov­ern­ment in the near fu­ture. But for the mean­time, she said she wanted to teach in se­nior high school in one of the schools in Passi City.

Gar­dose thanked the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment for giv­ing her the op­por­tu­nity to study in col­lege, say­ing the schol­ar­ship was a huge help to stu­dents who are un­able to study due to lack of money.

Gar­dose, whose house is 10 kilo­me­ters away from her school, ad­vised as­pir­ing stu­dents to never give up on their dreams de­spite the chal­lenges.

“Poverty is in­deed not a hin­drance to suc­cess! Have faith, have courage, LA­BAN LANG! NEVER SUR­REN­DER! AND ABOVE ALL NEVER STOP PRAY­ING!” Gar­dose posted on her Face­book ac­count.

This year, 25 of the 79 col­lege schol­ars grad­u­ated with aca­demic hon­ors. Aside from Gar­dose, six grad­u­ated magna cum laude and 18 oth­ers as cum laude.

The magna cum laude grad­u­ates are: - Aliyah Je­sena of Maasin town (BS in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion) - Glenda Palmes, Ca­bat­uan (Bach­e­lor in Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion) - Chris­tian Jay Pon­sica, Banate (BS in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion) Jessa Senope, Baro­tac Nuevo (BS in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion) - Emerielle Kaye Sorolla, New Lu­cena (BS in Bi­ol­ogy) Mel­lisa Suganob, Ca­bat­uan (BS in Forestry). Summa cum laude grad­u­ates re­ceived P7,000 cash from the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment; while magna cum laude grad­u­ates got P5,000; cum laude, P3,000; and the re­main­ing “Isko­lar sang Iloilo” grad­u­ates re­ceived P1,000 each.

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