By Nna Anulumadu
Anambra state and Onitsha Archdiocese in particular have added to their feats educationally as students of Queen of the Rosary Collage Onitsha emerged winners Of University of Delaware’s Global Prize Award at the weekend.
The seven students from the College defeated over five thousand other teams from around the world to win the Global Prize Award at the just concluded Diamond Challenge Global Summit. The students led by their mentors pitched their project, an app they called “Queens Foris Labs” which is a virtual learning space that allows students to conduct science experiments and understand science concepts better.
The seven students: Chisom Iwuno, Amara Okechukwu, Chidimma Okoye, Mmesoma Nnaji, Sandra Mgbafulu Stephanie Anozie, and Chinyere Iheator were led by their mentors, John Onuigbo and Kyrian Obikwelu.
The team won a $1500 cash prize including other prizes, further mentorship for the students among other opportunities. Dyslexia Genius, a China-USA team came second. The announcement was made at the Diamond challenge award’s ceremony which culminated the weeklong Diamond Challenge Global Summit from 11th to 16th of April 2021 and had various national teams battling it out on the global stage while also receiving entrepreneurship trainings from renowned entrepreneurs. Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha had on March 11, 2021 at Senator Albert Bassey Hall, Uyo came first place, beating 9 other teams from various states in Nigeria at the National competition qualified to represent Nigeria in the Global semifinals. It is important to note that this same team were the National champions of the Beyond School Community Challenge 2020 sponsored by the US Embassy and organized by the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association MWFA.
Good to recall that for the past years now, precisely since the time Anambra state handed over mission schools back to the their owners, schools in Anambra, especially the ones owned by Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha have continued to win national, international and world academic competitions, a development that has proved beyond reasonable doubt that Anambra is setting the pace in respect of primary and post primary education.
In 2018, five students of Regina Pacis Secondary School, Onitsha owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha won the World Technovation Challenge Competition in the USA. Having earlier won at the National level, the School proceeded to the International level which brought together students from different parts of the world.
The young world champions who went with the name “Team Save A Soul” are now attracting a worldwide attention in the world’s greatest technological hub swept over 2000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco, USA. They won the Challenge with a mobile application called the FD-Detector which they developed to help tackle the Challenge.
Few months after, precisely in 2019, four boys from St John’s Techincal College Alor owned by Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, won bronze medal in Tunisia at the African Science and Technology competition (IFES).
The students, participated in the Physics aspect of the competition, coming out in the third position out of the 31 countries in Africa that participated.
The students achieved the feat with two devices they called the Adaptable Alternative Power Supply for Sub-Saharan Africa which is a single, fully-packaged solar technology and another noiseless inverter system all locally sourced and produced by them.
While the boys from St. John’s College, Alor, represented Nigeria in the competition, other students between the ages of 15-24 from countries like Canada, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, China, Sweden, Ukraine, Malaysia, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Tunisia and South Africa among others also participated.
Here in Nigeria, Onitsha Archdiocesan schools have won a good number of national competitions and have performed wonderfully well in national examinations, emerging first positions, there by making Anambra state and the Archdiocese proud every year.