VIDEO: Students and Staff at JFK Sign Hafa Adai Pledge

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Guam – John F Kennedy High School Students and faculty showed their Chamorro pride today by taking the Hafa Adai Pledge with the Guam Visitors Bureau. 

Representatives from 24 departments and student groups signed the pledge during a ceremony in the JFK Center Court this morning. The groups pledged that they would support the local brand in various ways such as using the hafa adai greeting, wearing shells, and beautifying the island.

“We decided to take the Hafa Adai Pledge because felt like Guam needed something to help replenish the Hafa Adai Spirit,” Lodging and Management Program Student Naiomi Cabrera told PNC. Cabrera, a Junior at JFK, hopes to work in the tourism industry in the future and believes preserving the local culture is important for tourism.

More than 450 private businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and other organization have taken the Hafa Adai Pledge since the program began in 2009.

READ the release from GVB below:

JFK High School & GCC Team Up For Håfa Adai Pledge; Over 20 School Organizations Commit to Pledge Program

(Wednesday March 19, 2014 – Tumon, Guam) The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) announced over 20 organizations from John F. Kennedy High School committed to the Håfa Adai Pledge in a ceremony held today at the Upper Tumon campus grounds. The ceremony was the first of its kind and was coordinated by JFK students that are part of Guam Community College’s Lodging Management Program (LMP), under the leadership of Carol Cruz.

The Håfa Adai Pledge program is a cornerstone of GVB’s local community branding campaign. Since its inception in 2009, over 450 businesses, government agencies, non-profits and other participants have signed the pledge. The goal of the program is to educate customers, stakeholders and members of organizations and to promote the Håfa Adai spirit through language, arts, history and culture.

“We’re thrilled to have JFK students take ownership of this program and bring it to life on their campus,” said GVB General Manager Karl Pangelinan. “There is nothing more gratifying than to see the island’s young people taking the lead in promoting Guam’s unique culture and language. The success of this program lies in the organizations and businesses that have taken the pledge and put it into practice every single day.”

Newly-pledged HAP participants include the JFK Main Office, Nursing Office, Counseling, Tourism Academy, ROTC, Marketing II Class, English Department, Science Department, Social Studies Department, Spanish Department, JFK National Technical Honor Society, Tourism Hospitality Society Club, Class of 2017, Chamoru Klub, I Fanlatai’an JFK Traditional Chant, Nursing Club, Japanese Club, Yearbook Committee, Close Up, iRecycle Club, Interact Club, Sina Club and JFK Athletics.

GCC’s LMP is just one of 10 Career and Technical Education programs, to varying degrees, in the five Guam public high schools. This academic year, GCC has 2,323 students enrolled in these programs.

“The students in these programs often excel academically as well as in their individual CTE program. They are also great Guam ambassadors. In two of the programs, LMP and ProStart, our CTE students have won the national competition. We are very proud of these programs, of the student enrolled in them, and of the CTE instructors who do such a great job with these students,” said GCC spokesperson Jayne Flores.