It had been a tense few weeks, and the pressure was building at Bohol Deaf Academy (BDA) as students pushed through challenging projects and exams. One sunny day on September 26, 2017, the atmosphere suddenly changed from one of intense pressure to excitement. Maricel leapt into the sunshine with eager eyes and a wide grin. As a freshman student, Maricel could not be more excited for BDA’s three-day Intramural Games. The intramurals would teach the students how to build teamwork and camaraderie and release a lot of extra energy. Maricel actively participated in the cheer dance team, and she surely had a memorable intramurals experience this year.
The intramurals opened with a parade of the teams around the campus. Students waved their banners and flags, jumping and shouting with excitement. When the cheer dance competition started, the students showed off their incredible talents. The team routines were full of dancing and impressive acrobatics. We have so many talented students! The Green Team, or Parrot Team, grabbed first place, but the judges had no easy job selecting the winner. The students were so full of enthusiasm and talent, they were all a joy to see.
BDA also held a competition for the Mr. and Miss Intramurals 2017. The candidates from each team were astonishing. Everyone confidently showed their talent. During the interview portion, each candidate answered with certainty and poise. The candidates made everyone proud and it was truly an honor to see how they have grown with grace, talent, and wit. Dennis James Moneva and Jenny Rose Gratula were crowned as Mr. and Miss Intramurals 2017. Dennis James was also awarded as Best in Production Number while Jenny Rose received the Best in Talent and Darling of the Social Media awards. Other awardees included: Best in Production Number – Glenda Ayop; Best in Talent – Ian Kent Varon; Best in Sportswear – Ian Kent Varon and Marjorie Hibaya; Mr. and Ms. Photogenic – Junnel Akiatan and Marjorie Hibaya; Darling of the Social Media – Ian Kent Varon; Best in Interview – Angel Ricci Idulsa and Jucel Bonghanoy.
On the second and third day of intramurals, the students enjoyed sports like basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and running as well as some parlor games. Everyone cheered for their teammates and exchanged hugs with their competitors after every game. The smiles on the students’ faces spoke volumes of joy. At the end of the day, the Blue Team was crowned the overall champion of the intramural days, but everyone received a renewed love of teamwork and camaraderie.
The intramural days were truly a blast. It promoted friendly competition, encouraged the students to exercise, and developed leadership skills. Congratulations to the students for the good sportsmanship!