Report of the Juan Sumulong High School Quezon City Alumni Association: 2010
By: Leonardo B. Rosario, Chairman, JSHSQC Alumni Association
By: Leonardo B. Rosario, Chairman, JSHSQC Alumni Association
|Juan Sumulong High School Quezon City Alumni Association||
The year 2010 saw the birth of Juan Sumulong High School Quezon City Alumni Association (JSHSQCAA). Its formal foundation to be recorded in the annals of history is September 12, 2010. On this founding day, the Constitution and By-Laws which defines the association’s rules of governance was duly ratified and the 15 members of the Board of Directors who will lead the organization in its first three years of operations were elected accordingly.
Since its birth, the JSHSQCAA has pursued and planned small and big things which are intended to build unity and enhance cooperation among all graduates of Juan Sumulong High School. The association has also defined its reason for being and is looking forward to a robust operation if only to realize its significant roles in addressing the concerns of its members and the other JSHS constituents.
An alumni Association with a Vision and Mission
The JSHSQCAA envisions the creation of a dynamic association of graduates of Juan Sumulong High School Quezon City that is responsive to the needs of its constituents and stakeholders. The Association envisages itself as an active partner of JSHS in pursuing academic excellence, community leadership and in nurturing globally competitive graduates. Regarding mission, The JSHSQCAA commits to strengthening the ties of goodwill, solidarity, friendship and communication among alumni; cultivate the spirit of loyalty, commitment, and participation among its members and; provide an effective and efficient support to the JSHS community. Operationally, the JSHSQCAA has three main objectives, namely:
1. To provide organized assistance to Juan Sumulong High School in the fulfillment of its visions and accomplishment of its missions;
2. To initiate coordinated programs and activities that will promote the well-being and welfare of alumni, students, faculty and other JSHS constituents; and
3. To provide opportunities for interaction and exchanges between its members, other JSHS stakeholders, the Philippine society, and the international community.
In concrete terms, these operational objectives shall be translated into programs and projects that revolve around the following concerns: scholarship for JSHS students; upgrading of school equipment and facilities; improvement and development of library facilities; support for Lodestar and Sinagtala; support for CAT, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Supreme Student Government; fitness program for alumni; and holding of relevant seminars and conferences.
Regarding interclass governance, the JSHSQCAA is organized into four alumni clusters: Classes 1965-1980; 1981-1990; 1991-2000; and 2001-2010. These four clusters are anchored by focal persons who facilitate communication and exchanges between and among the different classes and at the same time maintain connectivity between the classes and the alumni association.
An Alumni Network on the Web
Even before the association’s founding day, some alumni created a social network which facilitated on-line intergenerational inter- and intra-class connectivity among JSHS graduates, teachers and students currently numbering at 1004 and clustered around 40 classes or groups.
Now being co-moderated by seven alumni from Classes 1973, 1977, 1991, 1992, 1995, and 2002, the social network cum website accessible by its domain at www.juansumulongalumni.org has several features that cater to the needs and interests of JSHS constituents.
The photo section has 4,494 old and recent photographs that depict JSHS graduates’ organizational activities, class get-together, professional and occupational engagements; and family and individual portraits among others.
The video section contains 149 uploads revolving around alumni rendezvous, class encounters; religious and environmental advocacies, and other human interest stories.
The blog and the forum sections have 44 posts and 39 discussions, respectively dealing with different thematic issues and concerns, namely: official association’s communications, minutes of meetings, and reports; interesting news about JSHS students’ and alumni achievements; tips with everyday relevance;, etc.
Aside from these sections, the website also features communication exchanges between and among alumni as well as photo animation of alumni members, members of the Board of Directors of the Association, and alumni achievers from time to time, and regular announcements about the association’s important events and activities.
The First Grand Alumni Homecoming
The holding of this momentous and historical event was planned by the JSHSQCAA at Juan Sumulong High School Campus on December 30, 2010. The event hopes to gather around 500 alumni. The Grand Alumni Homecoming has its theme: Revisiting the Past, Rekindling the Present and Reinventing the Future. As planned, the GAH consists of three major activities, namely: Fun Run; Sports Fest and Bazaar; and Social Night.
The Fun Run kicks off at dawn, and lets alumni recall unforgettable experiences they had in the former campuses of JSHS by tracing the roots along the route which passes through the 10th Avenue, Ocampo Annex in 13th Avenue, and NP Annex and Alforte Building in 18th Avenue.
The Sports Festival and Games from midmorning till afternoon expects to build and develop camaraderie among the alumni through a collective display of mental prowess, physical strength, teamwork, and group creativity. The games include human bingo, bring me an item, calamansi relay, longest line, and group cheering.
Bazaar attractions are a sale of different merchandise and goods that include food items, books, slippers, statement t-shirts, and gift items among others. Souvenir items particularly the Grand Alumni Homecoming t-shirts, key chains, bag tag, and coffee mug are also for sale at affordable prices.
In the evening, the alumni social night consists of three main parts: Formal Ceremony features messages from select speakers and the induction of JSHSQCAA Board and Directors; Entertainment Portion features different class presentations such as song and dance repertoire, interpretative dance, choral singing and solo; and Socialization Part highlights serving of complimentary Filipino fiesta cuisine consisting mainly of native delicacies, desserts, and wines. The culmination of this part is the free-for-all dancing until the wee hours of the next morning.