Archbishop Okeke Doles Awards To Best Students, Teachers, As Results Of AVOSCO Released

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By Polycarp Ifeanyi, Onitsha

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

The results of the annual competition were 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 Ed ucation Secretary, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Pascal Onwugbenu 

Before the presentation of the awards and gifts ranging from certificates, Cash, Laptops, Printers, and huge Whiteboards, 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 to prepare them ahead of their academic excellence and their future endeavors.

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

However, in 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.

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Meanwhile, some teachers who were involved in the competition were categorized and equally rewarded, just as names of the teachers who were in the 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 whereas well rewarded 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.

Moreover, the Queen of Rosary College (QRC) Onitsha which was adjudged the overall best went home with a huge Whiteboard, Laptops, and other prizes while St. Patrick’s School Ugwuagba Obosi whichwassjudgedd the overall best in the St. senior category went home with the same prizes given to Queen of Rosary College (QRC) Onitsha respectively.

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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 ma otivational speech revealed secrets of examination success and excellence in academic pursuit to the students.

The high points of the occasion included; 7the 0th birthday song for Archbishop Okeke, cutting off the birthday cake, recitation of the Archbishop’s achievements,  qand uestions and answers session to the Archbishop.

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