An Adamsonian has made her mark on the University’s history as well as on the nursing profession's by becoming the first to land in the top ten with a high second place rating.
Ronie Rose C. Arevalo scored 86.40% to land the second highest rank among the thousands of examinees. A mere 0.40% separated Ronie Rose’s score from that of topnotcher Golda Manto-Yap of Felipe R. Verallo Memorial Foundation College in Cebu, who scored 86.80%. The June 2009 board exams saw 32,617 examinees out of 77,901 applicants pass, with 48 other examinees joining Ronie Rose and Manto-Yap in the Top 10. The new nurses’ oath-taking was held last August 18 at the SMX Convention Center.
The daughter of a staffer from the Physical Facilities Office (PFO), Arevalo made it through four years of college through the CBA-sanctioned scholarship for employees’ children. Mr. Ronie Arevalo, father of Ronie Rose, declared that he felt “unexplainable happiness” over his daughter’s success. He did not expect her to land in the second spot. He only wanted his daughter to pass the board exam, and this result was much more that what he had asked for.
Ronie Rose did not expect this result either, though she knew she had prepared enough for the board exam. For her, the help and guidance of her professors and parents enabled her to achieve success. However, topping the board exams will not guarantee her future victories. “It never stops there, this is only the beginning,” says Ronie Rose.
Dean Naressia S. Ballena is as happy as the Arevalo family. “It is a big achievement for the College of Nursing and for the University,” Dean Ballena states. With this the college hopes to add more feathers to their nursing caps by maintaining their excellent passing rate and to also maintain at least a spot in the top ten. Niko Angelo Mendoza