Class: Fall 2016
Class Dad: Brandon Torres
Program Educator: Lester Dela Cruz
Captain: James Dequilla
Co-Captain: Timothy Choi
Anchor: Edward Thai
Big Brother: Muhammad Abdullah “Abie” Yanuardi
Thank you to everyone in my life who has helped me become the person I am today. Whether you are a friend of mine or somebody I used to know. For those friends of mine that are still with me today thank you for standing by my side all these years. For those people who have gone from my life in one form or another know that I cherish the moments I got to spend with you. I cherish those moments and look forward to making new ones everyday. Thank you all for helping me find my way.
“When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked. When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way,you are trampling on my feelings. When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do something to solve my problem, you have failed me, strange as that may seem. Listen! All I ask is that you listen. Don’t talk or do – just hear me. Advice is cheap; 20 cents will get you both Dear Abby and Billy Graham in the same newspaper. And I can do for myself; I am not helpless. Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless. When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself,you contribute to my fear and inadequacy. But when you accept as a simple fact that I feel what I feel,no matter how irrational, then I can stop trying to convince you and get about this business of understanding what’s behind this irrational feeling. And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice. Irrational feelings make sense when we understand what’s behind them. Perhaps that’s why prayer works, sometimes, for some people – because God is mute, and he doesn’t give advice or try to fix things. God just listens and lets you work it out for yourself. So please listen, and just hear me. And if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn – and I will listen to you.” – Unknown
Big Brother: James Vuong
Props to my big bro James for always being there and giving me his sassy advice. Props to my Educator for teaching me the lessons that I needed to become a gentleman, and props to my pops for giving all the advice and love I needed, and for listening to me complain. Finally, props to my line bros, you guys are family to me and I know that we have an everlasting bond.
“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning” – Pele
Big Brother: Kerr Evangelista
Shout out of my line. Let it be known that I know how much each and every one of you put out to get to where we are now. I love y’all and nothing can ever change that. Props to my big to keeping me grounded and always going forward. Props to my PD for always being supportive and doing his best to talk to all of us despite his busy schedule. Props to my PE for teaching me all of the lessons that I need to know despite the hard time that I might have given to him.
“If that water hadn’t a-been so cold/I might’ve sunk and died.” – Langston Hughes
Big Brother: Lester Dela Cruz
Props to my big brother and educator, Lester Dela Cruz, for always being there and giving me advice. Props to pops, Brandon Torres, for always being chill and listening to us complain. Props to our mom for giving us snacks. Finally WE MADE IT, PROPS TO MY LINE!!! We pushed each other and motivated each other and we always have each other’s back.
“When you talk, you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” – Dalai Lama
Big Brother: Kenneth Yap
Props to my big bro, Ken! He has always been there to respond to me or see me when I am stressed out physically, or emotionally. He was always there to pick me back up with his words of wisdom. He has looked after me from the beginning and was the one to push me to reach my potential. I look up to him a lot because he has accomplished so much and I hope to be at his spot some day soon! Props to my PD and PM, Brandon Torres and Rachel Hong for being there for my line bros and I. Props to my educator, Lester Dela Cruz for looking out for all of us and teaching us valuable lessons that we can carry for the rest of our lives.
“Surround yourself with people who believe in you more than you do in yourself.” -Gaby Natale
James Edgar Dequilla
Big Brother: James Song
I would like to start by first saying WE MADE IT GUYS! Huge shoutout to all my line brothers. We’ve all grown so much throughout this process and we’ve been through so much together. Props to our educator for believing in us day in and day out. Thank you so much for instilling in us the lessons of what it takes to be a GENTLEMAN of KAPPA PI BETA! Props to our POPS thanks for being there for us and supporting us and for listening to us. We are grateful for the time and sacrifice you’ve put in for us. Umma! Thank you also for supporting us and for feeding us! The biggest SHOUT OUT goes to my big brother James “Kirby” Song, thank you for sacrificing your time for me. I know you work a lot and you sacrificed so many hours of sleep to make sure I would make it and I DID! I’m grateful to have you for my big brother and wouldn’t want it any other way! I would like to thank all the brothers who helped me in this process. I would also like to thank all of the brothers of KAPPA PI BETA for welcoming me into their eternal brotherhood!
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman
Big Brother: Kenneth Yap
A huge shoutout to my big Ken Yap! He has done a lot for me and my twin and I cannot thank him enough. He always went out of his way to hang out with us and give his life lessons. He is who I aspire to be in the future! Props to my Program Educator, Lester Dela Cruz, who worked hard to teach us lessons that we use in our everyday lives to become better people. Even though he still trolls me to this day, I appreciate everything he has taught me! Props to my Program Dad and Mom, Brandon Torres and Rachel Hong, who supported us through it all. I’m happy to have had you two as support figures! Also, thank you to the actives that helped us develop throughout it all. I realize that it took a lot out of their time and I greatly appreciate all that they have done. Lastly, to my line: I’m proud of each and every one of you. We developed and grew stronger together and I wouldn’t have wanted it with any other people. You all have helped me change into a better man and I’m forever grateful. Throughout all hardships, we stood our ground and got things done.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”- African Proverb
Big Brother: Timmy La
We made it! I’d like to give props to my big bro, Timmy La, for always keeping me in check. He had high expectations for me which made me grow into the man I am today. Props to our educator, Lester Dela Cruz, for teaching us valuable lessons. I’d like to give a huge thanks to our pops, Brandon Torres, for always being on our side. Although we didn’t give him the attention that he gave us he was always there. Finally, I’d like to thank the people to the right and left of me. I have gone through a lot of obstacles with them and they were there every step of the way experiencing it with me. LOVE YOU LINE!
“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” -Leah Labelle