Praise God for a week to remember, November 18 – 22, 2019! The 4th Cambodia Student Convention delegates started arriving on a sunny Monday, November 18, 2019 and settled into their respective dormitories. Dinner was already prepared for all the delegates that arrived that day.
Registration followed the next day, November 19, 2019, at 8 in the morning and orientation started at 9:30 am as soon as all the school delegations were represented. There were 6 schools in attendance, 2 schools came from the Philippines and 4 from Cambodia. There were 98 delegates all in all.
The Music competition then commenced in the afternoon of the same day and the students were all given a chance to give their best to the Lord. After a long day of competition, the first day ended with the CSC’s First Rally Night. The Highlands Drama Club gave a magnificent opening number and candles were lit to show that we can be a light to the world. God used Pastor Noe Pulmones to bring a message to all the delegates that reminded the students to Let Their Light Shine. The first set of command performances were also called that night starting with the Solo Bowed from Stepping Stone International Academy. The second performer was a Mixed Trio from the Living Heritage Academy of Cambodia who performed before the preaching that night.
The second day of competition, November 20, 2019, academic events, like Spelling, Pace bowl, Bible Memory and Bible bowl, started simultaneously at 8:00 in the morning. Chess and all Platform events followed in the afternoon. The competition ended early in the afternoon so there was time for all delegates to rest before dinner and to prepare for the 2nd Rally Night.
For the 2nd Rally Night, several command performers were asked again to render their pieces. The first performer was a Mixed trio from Academy International Cambodia. The second one was an Illustrative Storytelling Male from the Power of Faith Academy of Cavite City, Philippines. It was also a blessing that Pastor Delbert Hooge, the executive director of School of Tomorrow Philippines, was already present the 2nd night and was the one who preached God’s word – Jesus: The Light of the World. The night ended with the last performer, who rendered a Solo Miscellaneous from Stepping Stones International Academy of Cambodia.
The last day of competition finally arrived and started early at 6 in the morning for the Track events. It was a day the students could release their energy as they gave their best stride for the Lord. Breakfast followed and events resumed at 10 a.m. such as Soccer Kick, Table Tennis, Badminton and Basketball. It was also an exciting day as Awards Night was fast approaching.
At the last rally night of the 4th Cambodia Student Convention, students were seen getting the jitters and flowing with excitement as they prepared for Awarding Night. Command performers did their sound checks, and the night started with a Flashback from the last National student Convention in the Philippines. The first command performance was a Small Ensemble-Junior, from the Academy International Cambodia. God’s word was then given to us again by Pastor Delbert Hooge. He preached What’s Light Your World All About? The first set of awards were given, and you could see the faces of the students overwhelmed with joy, as they slowly went up the stage, one by one.
The second command performance was called before continuing on with the awards, an Expressive Reading, Female from Bethany Baptist Academy of Iligan City, Philippines. The next set of awards was sports, track and all platform events. Students’ medals started to pile up as they went back to the stage every time their name was called. It was a night full of cheers and smiles! Then the third command performance was called after giving the second set of awards, a Large Ensemble – Senior, from the Academy International Cambodia. Last, the third and final set of awards.
The third set of awards recognized the instrumental and music events, and one could already see several students getting their fifth, seventh or eighth medal! Students and mentors were getting emotional. It was also quite heart- warming to witness the students cheer and hug each other every time their name was called, even though they were from different schools. The relationships that were built this week truly will last a lifetime!
The night ended honoring the coaches and school heads, and praising God for the awards earned by the students in their respective events. It was indeed a week to remember, not just for the students but for every one that attended the 4th Cambodia Student Convention – staff and parents alike! To God be all the glory!