Archbishop Okeke recognises best teachers, students in Onitsha

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Archbishop Okeke recognises best teachers, students in Onitsha

…as AVOSCO releases results

By Polycarp Ifeanyi, Onitsha

No fewer than thirty students both in the Junior and Secondary category including their teachers from various Onitsha Archdiocesan Science Schools received different prizes and awards during the 2023 Archbishop Valerian Okeke Science Competition (AVOSCO) results.

The results of the annual competition was released at the Shanahan Auditorium, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha, Anambra State and began with thanksgiving Mass officiated by the proprietor of (AVOSCO), His Grace, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke alongside other Archdiocesan Priests including the Onitsha Archdiocesan Education Secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Pascal Onwugbenu 

Prior to the presentation of the awards and gifts ranging from certificates, Cash, Laptops, Printers, and huge White boards, Archbishop Okeke admonished that his major aim of giving the prizes and awards annually is to improve the knowledge and Scientific skills of the students in order to prepare them ahead of their academic excellence and their future endeavours.

He also hinted that natural skills could be further developed by practice, adding that a student might be intelligent but without constant practice, such student might not perform well, urging the students to continue to work hard in order to reach their desired goals in life.

However, on the Junior category of the competition, a student of the Queen of the Rosary College ( QRC) Onitsha, Miss Udoye Onyinye Cynthia clinched the 1st position by  scoring 80 percent while Miss Okeke Philips Martha Chinazaekpere of St. Kizito Girls Secondary School Umudioka scored 79 percent to clinch the 2nd position, even as  Akwazie Franklin from All Hallows Seminary Onitsha scored 78 to clinch 3rd position.

On the Senior category, Ezeoha Onyinye Emmanuella of St. Patrick’s School Ugwuagba Obosi came 1st position by scoring 66 percent while Nnaemeka Mary Jane Amarachi of Mater Amabilis Secondary School Umuoji scored 65 percent to clinch 2nd position while Elochukwu Chisimdi Basilia of Queen of Rosary College ( QRC) Onitsha came 3rd position by scoring 64 percent.

Meanwhile, some teachers who was involved in the competition were categorized and equally rewarded, just as names of the teachers who were in Junior category were listed from 1st to 3rd positions which included; Anyoku Evans from Queen of the Rosary College (QRC) Onitsha, Solomon Nwoye from St. Kizito Girls Secondary School Umudioka and Ebosie John from All Hallows Seminary Onitsha.

Also in the Senior category, teachers was as well rewarded and they are; Mrs Rita Obi from St. Patrick’s Secondary School Ugwuagba Obosi, Mr. Elochukwu Orji from Mater Amabilis Secondary School Umuoji and Mozie Helen from Queen of Rosary College ( QRC) Onitsha.

Moreso,  the Queen of Rosary College (QRC) Onitsha which was adjudged the over all best went home with a huge White board, Laptops and other prizes while St. Patrick’s School Ugwuagba Obosi which adjudged the over all best in Senior category went home with the same prizes given to Queen of Rosary College (QRC) Onitsha respectively.

Appreciating his guests, the Onitsha Archdiocesan Education Secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Pascal Onwugbenu expressed gratitude to Archbishop Okeke for his encouragement to the students and his visionary exploits in the education sector. 

The cleric also praised the teachers and students for their interest and performances in the science competition.

Similarly, Rev. Fr. Kingsley Omenyi who delivered motivational speech revealed secrets of examination success and excellence in academic pursuit to the students.

High points of the occasion included; 70th birthday song for Archbishop Okeke, cutting of the birthday cake, recitation of the Archbishop’s achievements,  questions and answers session to the Archbishop.  

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