Shana Llorando born a singing star kicked off her career at the age of 17. Good habits start from an early age as some say and as we know she is a graduate from St. Mark’s Primary Catholic School. Born on 18 April 1993, in Cebu, Philippines, she moved to New Zealand in the year 2000 and started at St. Mark’s Primary at Year 3. During her years at St Mark’s she was an ever excelling student. During prize giving nights, she would steal the show with awards such as the Speech Cup, Academic Cup and Father Green Cup. Although winning these prizes didn’t mean everything to her, it showed her hard work and determination. These prizes inspired her to work harder and persevere through failures. Inspiration also leads to dreams and aspirations; obviously Shana is passionate and loves her music. She hopes that one day she can professionally record and promote songs as an artist. Through her passion for music she shares the same passion for God. Shana leads the St. Mark’s CFC – Youth for Christ Music Ministry. This means she holds practices, teaches new songs and holds separate trainings for instrumental players of the choir. She sings with the choir every 2nd Sunday of the month during 6:30pm mass. Her presence in the training of the choir has seen the Youth for Christ choir improve immensely from her experience with music. She is an active member of the St. Mark’s CFC – Youth for Christ, always present in its activities.Through Shana’s God given talents, she has achieved a great deal; Shana has won the 5 Minutes of Fame National Competition that gave her the chance to perform with NZ idol winner Ben Lummis. She won the Auckland Song Writing Competition for secondary students in 2009. She has kicked off her career by winning an AMP people’s choice scholarship late last year. Shana also never forgot her academic attributes and was given the St Catherine’s award for academic achievement. Shana is also gifted with leadership skills. She is currently the Head Girl of Sancta Maria College.
Achieving all these things are great but Shana says, “hard work, love for it and God are the real attributes to achieving success.” These attributes have helped her shape a bright future and is in a God-guided path. Right now Shana’s career is looking ripe as she has already recorded a few songs professionally. Her first single is “Tomorrow” releasing this May 2011. She says that St. Mark’s has helped her along the way and has taught her well in both music and academics. Shana expresses that St. Mark’s boosted her confidence in her music when she was given a solo in the school choir and was praised highly by the staff and students. Academically, St. Mark’s taught her by having good study habits and thinking outside the box rather than rote learning. Lastly, Shana thanks everybody for all the support especially to her family, friends, relatives, community, Youth For Christ and school. She says, “I still got a long way to go. But I just got to leave that up to God…”