Ateneo de Naga University student leader and future educator Ma. Cienna A. Jaucian ranked second in the Search for ten Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines (JRMSP) 2011.
The ten winners were honored during the Knights of Rizal Centennial program on Rizal Day, December 30 at the Knights of Rizal ceremonial hall in Manila. Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim were among those who graced the program.
Ma. Cienna A. Jaucian, AB BSE English senior student, is the seventh JRMSP winner of ADNU. Before Jaucian, ADNU also topped the same Search for two consecutive years.
To become the school nominee, Jaucian first had to compete with the University`s other top student leaders in a school level paper screening and panel interview conducted by a screening committee convened by the Office of Student Affairs. From the hundreds of school nominees across the country, the Order of the Knights of Rizal named her as one of the 30 national finalists. She then faced prominent national figures from the Order like former Chief Justice Hilario W. Davide Jr. in a make-or-break final interview last December 28 last year.
The screening committee and interview panel found Jaucian`s academic performance and leadership, the search`s criteria, were most outstanding, thereby epitomizing Rizalian qualities and the virtue of love of country, and serving as living model to her fellow youth.
Jaucian is a top academic scholar, being a consistent President Lister in all semesters that she has completed in the University. She is also a leader, writer and volunteer in school and community organizations.
As student leader of Pathways Youth Group from 2008 to present, she designed reading modules and spent many Saturdays teaching children at a beneficiary school. Similarly, in 2010 she was the project head of the College of Education`s brainchild program, Great Mind Read Session II.
In 2010, she was elected by her fellow Education students to be their representative to the Supreme Student Government. Concurrently, she served as student representative to various committees such as ADNU-SSG Committee on Environment and Committee on Academic Concerns. In 2011, she was the chief editor at Kadunong, the official publication of the Samahan ng mga Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyong Pilipino.
Jaucian is also a volunteer-member of a number of campus groups such as the Chaplaincy Student Volunteers, Ateneo Literary Association, Gabay Scholars and Facilitators` Brigade. She has served the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting and participated in Dugong Atenista blood drives.
She has been chosen to represent the school in many leadership trainings. Among these are the Bidahan: Be the Change Leadership Camp (2009), Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey (2011) and the University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Thailand (2011).
As her reflection on Rizal`s influence on her education, Jaucian shared: “There is as if a constant movement within me that I attempt to channel and understand in a greater light. It has made me restless and always searching for my place and purpose in the greater scheme of things. Ultimately, my love for learning and excellence has directed me to choose to become a teacher. I relish in such choice as I believe that this is my passion yet the implications of that choice continue to unfold as I reach the end of my preparation. The social dimension and the demands of the profession are becoming clearer and clearer that I am gradually accepting the reality that I am not only where I am presently to fulfill my personal dreams but for a higher dream, that which Rizal also nurtured until it crystallized as a resolve.”
(Written by Rodolfo SB. Virtus Jr.)