“I take pride and joy to be a part of the Annual Division Spelling Bee sponsored by our organization for the Grades I to VI pupils in public school of San Pablo City since 1980. This program aims to motivate and inspire our young learners to strive for excellence, develop effective study habits and skills, acquire discipline, and increase their desire and love to LEARN”.
These words were uttered by Ms. Aurea “Teena” Ticzon Estiva, the president of Seven Lakes Association of Southern California, L.A. County, USA., last January 18, 2008 during the 6th Biennial Convention of Seven Lakes International held at G&E Pavillon, Brgy. Concepcion, San Pablo City.
She further acknowledged the unrelenting effort of San Pableños abroad to actively and dedicatedly carry on the commitment to serve the kababayans especially the youth- the future of the city.
As evidence of this commitment, the association handed P65,000 for this year’s Spelling bee which was held at San Pablo Central School last March 17. Major winners from each grade level received certificate and cash prizes ranging from P4,5000 to 800 while their coaches received up P1,000 to P450. Nobody went home empty-handed because all 42 participants and 42 coaches from the seven districts received their equitable share of the cash prizes.
Like the previous years, this event remains the most awaited academic competition because of the prestige and the monetary reward that go with it. Everybody feel the suspense and excitement filling the hall as the judge-pronouncer Education Supervisor I-(English), Rosario N. Robielos almost run out of words for the contestants who proved to be well-prepared.
Department of Education-San Pablo City and the San Pableños will be forever thankful to the Seven Lakes Association of Southern California, L.A., County, USA, for the gift of service and commitment to the future hope of the city. (THE WEDNESDAY HERALD 4-23 to 4-29-2008/Lorna C. Cataag, mjees school head)