Student Council Officers from all the APEC Schools branches joined together at the culminating activity of the APEC Schools Excellence in Student Leadership (APEX-SL) SY 2020-21 to showcase the projects they initiated in the last school year.
Mr. Fred Ayala, President of the National Teachers College, Managing Director of Ayala Corporation and the CEO of iPeople, Inc., and Board Chairman of APEC Schools addressed all the students who attended the event. He applauded Ms. Joie Lopez, CEO of APEC Schools, for “really identifying the need and the importance of developing project management skills as really an essential life skill for our APEC students, particularly our APEC Student Leader.” Moreover, he highlighted the importance of letting the students become active participants in the development of their own APEC Schools branches.
“APEX-SL was built upon the foundation of servant leadership.”
Mr. Ayala explained the importance of WHY to the student leaders; and how it keeps the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, and the HOW working together. To emphasize the importance of staying true to the WHY, he mentioned how Project Management became important today in the face of the pandemic. If all the followers don’t know the reason behind their roles, the leader cannot effectively lead the team to meet their objectives. “You, as servant leaders, must make sure that those you serve all understand and embrace that WHY,” said Mr. Ayala.
Mr. Malcom Flores, the Emerging Voices and Alumni Coordinator of the United States Embassy in the Philippines and a Youth Leadership Advocate, then spoke to share tips on how the Student Council Officers can develop their leadership potential even after the program:
- Identify the issue or idea that you are passionate about,
- Gain knowledge and skills to help solve that issue or pursue that idea you are passionate about,
- Join organizations or volunteer groups related to your passion,
- Find a mentor, and
- Seize further opportunities for leadership development.
Mr. Flores highlighted that “Leadership is for a purpose.” He explained that being an elected leader is just the first step to becoming a real leader; knowing the purpose or the challenge/issue that needs to be addressed takes the leader to another level. Furthermore, Mr. Flores mentioned the need to continuously absorb knowledge and skills aligned to the chosen purpose and to join a network of people who advocate the same mission.
After the welcome speech of Mr. Ayala and the keynote address of Mr. Flores, student leaders presented the projects that they worked on during the SY 2020-2021. From the idea, execution, to the results – student leaders showcased how their groups worked towards a common goal. Here are some of the projects per branch:
|San Pablo – Reach Out: Mental Health Matters|
|Roxas Boulevard – Eco-Brick Making|
|C. Raymundo – APEC GO!|
|Kalumpang – STEP UP: Student Enrichment Program for Utilizing Potential|
|Muntinlupa – Munting Tulong|
|V. Luna – Guro Sa Tabi Ko|
|Bacoor – Project Angat|
|Concepcion Dos – Project E.A.R.T.H|
|New Manila – ANEWMAN|
|Dasmarinas – Lakbay-Akbay|
|Grace Park West – APEC AID|
|Tondo – #BeOneWithAPEC|
|Dona Juana – Online Memorabilia|
|Las Pinas – Project Hiraya|
|Ortigas Extension – PERKS|
|Pateros – Time EfficienZ|
|Espanya – Donation Drive for the Typhoon Ulysses victims|
|Sta. Rita – Donation Drive|
|Taytay – Speak, Listen, Share to be Aware|
|Lipa – Lipa’t Karunungan|
The students proceeded to Breakout Rooms where they continued to process their experiences in a Rearview Mirror activity. They discussed the challenges, opportunities, and growth that they had experienced in leading their respective branches to a common goal.
Celebration of Excellence
The highlight of the event was the awarding ceremony where APEC Schools recognized the achievements of the different Student Councils. Awards were presented in eight categories that covered different aspects of project management. The highest awards going to APEC Schools Lipa (Gold Medal) and APEC Schools C. Raymundo (Silver Medal) for Most Outstanding Project.
|APEX-SL Award for CARE (Caring Attitude promoting Resilience and Empathy)|
San Pablo, Tondo, Ortigas Extension
|APEX-SL Award for Integrated Approach|
Dasmarinas, Bacoor, New Manila, Ortigas Extension
Dona Juana, Marikina Heights, Kalumpang
|APEX-SL Award for Best Project Design Guide|
JRU Lipa, Grace Park West, Marikina Heights, Pateros
C. Raymundo, Las Pinas
|APEX-SL Award for Best Pitch and Promotional Materials|
Concepcion Dos, San Pablo, Muntinlupa
Roxas Boulevard, JRU Lipa, Dasmarinas
|APEX-SL Award for Promoting Student Excellence|
Dasmarinas, Kalumpang, Pateros
North Fairview, V. Luna
|APEX-SL Award for Community Engagement and Social Responsibility|
Concepcion Dos, Las Pinas, C. Raymundo
JRU Lipa, Roxas Boulevard,Muntinlupa, Grace Park West
|APEX-SL Award for the Most Number of Officers with Digital Badge|
JRU Lipa, Pateros
Marikina Heights, Tondo, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa,
Ortigas Extension, C. Raymundo
|APEX-SL Award for Most Outstanding Project|
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