POVERTY MO­TI­VATES STU­DENT TO TOP LET

4 Ce­buanos suc­cess­fully landed in the Top 10 of the Li­cen­sure Ex­am­i­na­tion for Teach­ers

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS - WENILYN SABALO / USJ-R In­tern / with MVB

Four Ce­buanos made it to the top 10 of the li­cen­sure ex­ams for el­e­men­tary and se­condary teach­ers held last Septem­ber in 25 cen­ters in the coun­try.

Three Cebu grad­u­ates made it to the top 10 in the ex­ams for el­e­men­tary teach­ers, and one made it to the top 10 for se­condary teach­ers.

Rhea Mae Cal­isang Ongkit of the Univer­sity of the Visayas-Dalaguete placed sev­enth in the ex­ams with a rat­ing of 88.20 per­cent.

Ongkit, 21, a mu­nic­i­pal scholar who hails from Ilaya, Cawayan, Dalaguete, said that poverty and fam­ily were her mo­ti­va­tion for her suc­cess.

“Si Mama kay house­wife. Si Papa kay fork­lift op­er­a­tor sa Pier 1. Upat mi ka man­ag­suon and ako’y el­dest. Maong nan­ingkamot gyud ko (My mother is a house­wife. My fa­ther is a fork­lift op­er­a­tor at Pier 1. I’m the el­dest of four, so I re­ally had to work hard),” she said.

“Inu­tang ang kwarta nga gi­pang-en­roll sa re­view cen­ter (The money I used to en­roll was bor­rowed),” Ongkit said.

After grad­u­at­ing vale­dic­to­rian in high school, Ongkit ap­plied and was ac­cepted as a scholar of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Dalaguete.

In col­lege, she took Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­jor in El­e­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion (BEED) and grad­u­ated Cum Laude at the Univer­sity of the Visayas, Dalaguete.

“As a stu­dent, nan­ing gyud ko ga­may. I al­ways pre­fer the cul­ture of ex­cel­lence rather than cul­ture of medi­ocrity,” she said.

She did not ex­pect to land in the top 10 of the exam.

“I didn’t ex­pect to pass be­cause hon­estly, I had a hard time with the exam. I ran out of time, but I didn’t suc­cumb to the time pres­sure,” said Ongkit.

She said that as of now, she has no plans yet on what to do next.

Ongkit shared the sev­enth place with five other ex­am­i­nees.

Cebu Nor­mal Univer­sity’s (CNU) Im­manuelle Anne Apos Ocaya and Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos’s Dianne Claire Cam­pos Pul­vera fin­ished at ninth place with an 87.80 per­cent rat­ing.

For the se­condary level teach­ers, CNU’s Anne Mica Ro­mano Lim made it to the eighth place with 91.40 per­cent.

RHEA MAE CAL­ISANG ONGKIT

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