By Chioma Ndife
St. John's Catholic Church, Umuokpu, last Sunday, received one of her parishioners, Joy Omeyi, aged 12, who was the leader of the Anambra delegation at the recently concluded National Primary School Quiz Competition held in Katsina State.
Fides gathered that Joy Omeyi, a pupil of Unity Primary School, Umuokpu, who under the supervision of St. John's Parish, represented Anambra State alongside another pupil, emerged 5th in the competition.
Speaking to Fides, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Peter Chikelue, said the reception they organized was to celebrate the academic performance of the girl and encourage her to do better in a bid to attain more laurels. He said it was a thing of happiness for a pupil from the local primary school to emerge over all best in a state with over 100 prestigious schools.
Fr. Chikelue said it was still a surprise to him that a pupil from their local school would be selected to represent the state in a National Competition. He said it was an encouragement for the school, teachers and pupils to top up their game as it related academic performance of the pupils.
He regretted the dilapidated state of the school environment, saying there was need for structural adjustment in the school compound to provide the needed conducive environment required by the pupils. He stressed the need for government to pay adequate attention to all schools, noting that every child had an inbuilt potential that could be nurtured in the school.
He prayed God to sustain the tempo of excellence in the child and urged the child not to derail in the pursuit of her life dreams and aspirations.
He disclosed that the reception was an opportunity for the parishioners to raise funds for the child's secondary school education.
For her part, the representative, Joy Omeyi, said she was able to represent the State at the National Primary Schools Quiz Competition after emerging victorious at the zonal and state levels of the competition.
She disclosed that the participants during the competition were given about two written texts and two oral interviews, saying that their performance secured a place for the Anambra team in the semi-final stage of the competition before they were knocked out by other states.
Omeyi who said she felt great representing her state, said she had resolved to put more efforts in her studies to emerge best in other competitions which she would participate in.