Knights Assume Government Roles for Island Leadership Day

On April 22, 2019, St. John’s School middle and upper school students participated in Island Leadership Day. Hosted by the Guam Department of Youth Affairs, the program allows students from all over Guam to work alongside the highest officials in the different agencies within GovGuam.

The following students had the opportunity to shadow prominent figures in the government:

Mark Wang


Honorable Katherine A. Maraman Chief Justice Judiciary of Guam
Jin Chung


Jose “Pedo” Terlaje Senator 35th Guam Legislature
Alexander Gayle


Miguel C. Bordallo General Manager Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA)
Miwa Gudmundsen


Alice Taijeron Director Guam Housing Corporation
Ave Petra


Vincent Arriola Acting Director Department of Public Works (DPW)
Seungho Kang


Selina Onedera Sala Chief of Staff 35th Guam Legislature/

Office of Senator Clynt Ridgell

Justine Xu


Victor J. Cruz Engineer Supervisor A.B. Won Pat International Airport
Vaishnavi Khandelwal


Basil O’Mallan Chief Prosecutor Office of the Attorney General
Vicente Taijeron


Lou Leon Guerrero Governor Office of the Governor of Guam
Andrew Gayle


Joe San Agustin Senator 35th Guam Legislature
Nicole Mathews


Chelsa Muna-Brecht Director Department of Agriculture
Tatiana Reyes


Regine Biscoe-Lee Senator 35th Guam Legislature

Vicente was chosen to be “Governor for the Day” after he tied for first at the Department of Youth Affairs’ Oratorical Contest on April 16, 2019. His speech, entitled “Diversity Over Division: It Starts With US”, focused on Guam’s diversity as an asset that should be shared globally. In his speech, Vicente argues to “let it start with us, let the beauty of our island being a place where people of different experiences and ethnicities work together and strive.  Let us be a model for the world.” It was these words that got him to be Governor for the Day.

Tatiana spent the day at the Guam Legislature with Senator Regine Biscoe Lee (an SJS Alumnus). Tatiana got to see what it takes to be a legislator for Guam and how important diverse voices from all backgrounds are to the lawmaking process. When asked about her experience, Tatiana stated that she “really learned a lot shadowing Senator Lee”.

Acting as Chief Justice Katherine Maraman’s counterpart for the day, Mark Wang was given a tour of the Guam Judicial Center and was even able to witness a criminal hearing. “From my experience of being the Chief Justice, I now know that the court system is there for the people. It’s there to deliver equality, fairness, peace, and justice among us,” shared Mark.

Junior, Nicole Mathews was chosen to shadow Director of the Department of Agriculture, Chelsa Muna-Brecht, but was unable to partake in the event as she was in Malaysia for the ­­­the International Conference of Young Scientists (ICYS) 2019.

Island Leadership Day 2019

Vicente Taijeron at the Office of the Governor with Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Brian Songco (FDMS), who tied for first place. Photo credit: Office of the Governor of Guam

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