By Rodolfo SB. Virtus Jr.
NAGA CITY --- Ateneo de Naga University earned its 12th trophy in the 2017 Search for Top 10 Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines’ (JRMSP) history.
Katherine Chancoco, a student of Business Management Honors Program, received the award from the Order of Knights of Rizal on December 30, 2017.
Since 2005 ADNU has won in the JRSMP search almost yearly, except 2006 and 2016, and has ranked first twice, in 2009 and 2010.
Chancoco secured the school nomination after going through competitive paper screening and panel interview which were organized by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). The Order of the Knights of Rizal then selected her as one of the 20 national finalists from the hundreds of school nominees across the country. To determine the Top 10 outstanding students, she underwent graded essay writing and panel interview with prominent personalities, including former Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
The search’s judges evaluated Chancoco’s academic performance and leadership, the search’s criteria, to be outstanding, thereby epitomizing Rizalian qualities and the virtue of love of country, and serving as living model to her fellow youth.
Chancoco made it in ADNU’s President’s List four times, and the Dean’s List once. She earned this academic feat while working as student assistant, and managing her organizations and extra-curricular involvements.
She served as regional council president of the Association of Bicol Business Students in 2016 - 2017. During this period, she helped establish seven new chapters, and spearheaded the most attended ABBS regional congress in history. Given her contributions to the regional and ADNU ABBS chapters, she was given a special commendation in the 5th Student Organizations Awards Rites (SOAR) in 2016.
After her leadership stint in ABBS, Chancoco was elected as president of the ADNU Supreme Student Government in 2017. In the same year, she was chosen as delegate in competitive national searches/programs such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Business Leadership Program and Aboitiz Future Leaders Summit. She also secured a slot in the MasterPeace Boot Camp, which was organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, and represented the university in the Service Learning Program of the Ateneo Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific.
For almost four years, she served as Ateneo Student Ambassador of the University Student Recruitment Office, receiving guests and visitors during campus tours and institutional events, and joining campaign talks outside the school. She is a volunteer of the College Guidance Office (CGC), which allowed her to help organize and facilitate CGC activities such as orientation seminars. She also represented the student body in committees convened by OSA, among them the Student Disciplinary Board.