By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The maiden Annual Quiz Competition organized by the League of Achalla Graduates (LAGs) for government accredited schools in Achalla, has ended with St Paul’s Academy Achalla, Awka North LGA, Anambra State, lifting the first position trophies and cash prizes for both the junior secondary and primary school categories. The participating students for the junior secondary school category went home with a cash prize of N60, 000, while the pupils for the primary school category smiled home with a cash award of N45, 000.
In the finals of the competitions held at Achalla Civic Centre on May 19, 2021, St Paul’s Catholic Parish, Achalla-owned St Paul’s Academy, defeated Community Secondary School, Achalla in the junior secondary school category, and defeated other six primary schools in the primary school category.
Primary schools in Achalla that participated in the competition were Community Primary School, Umudiana; Egede Primary School; Central Primary School; Udoka Primary School; New Better Primary School; Blessed Child Primary School and St Paul’s Nursery/Primary School.
The winner, St Paul’s Academy, was represented by Chinenye Precious Madubuko of JS 2, Chisom Emmanuel Elias of JSS 3 and Makuo Jacinta Uyanwa of JSS 3 in the junior secondary school category. This was even as Nkechi Stella Nweke of Primary 5, Anuri Lucy Nweke of Primary 6 and Chidiogo Esther Okoye of Primary 6, represented the school in the primary school category.
Each of the students of the junior secondary got a cash prize of N20, 000, while the pupils of the primary school category got a cash prize of N15, 000 each.
Baring his mind on the development, the Manager/Principal, St Paul’s Academy, Achalla, Rev Fr Charles Ezeugwa, described the win as an added feat to the school which in 2017 won the post of a Deputy Speaker for Anambra State Children’s Parliament.
Rev Fr Ezeugwa, who said he was overwhelmed with the performance of the pupils and the students, which, he said, had turned to be the talk of the town, congratulated them for making the school proud. According to him, their success in the quiz competitions was an indication that their efforts as teachers and formators were not in vain.
The manager/principal added that the success records of the students and the pupils had encouraged him to continue with the vocation of proper formation of the young ones.
In their various speeches to Fides, two of the students, Chisom Emmanuel Elias and Makuo Jacinta Uyanwa, both of JSS 3, expressed delight over the opportunity to have represented their school in the competition. The students promised to put in their best to excel in the May 29, 2021 debate competition that will be organized by Ven Foundation.
Fides gathered that the quiz competition was one of the annual education activities of the League of Achalla Graduates (LAGs), an umbrella of indigenous higher institution graduates of the town, to motivate the students to attach seriousness to their studies, as well as to become productive members of society.
According to the invitation for participation in the quiz competition signed by the President of LAGs, Mr Magnus Nnaekwue, and the Chairman, Education Committee, LAGs, Dr Felix Nwarienne, and made available to schools, the various annual competitions were part of the association’s contributions in correcting societal ills in the town and contributing to human capital development through education.
To sustain human capital development, LAGs, resolved to organize an annual quiz competition and debate competition with cash awards and prizes for schools in Achalla, as well as awards for best graduating students in each of the classes across the schools.