By Ononye VC/ Nna Anulumadu
The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha His Grace Most Rev Valerian M. Okeke recently appreciated Queen of Rosary College (QRC) students who emerged winners of Delaware’s Global prize competition recently.
The Archbishop who was represented by the Education Scretary Archdoicese of Onitsha Rev Fr. Dr. Paschal Onwugbenu commended the students and presented brand new computer laptops to the seven students.The computers were donated to them by a philanthropist Nze John Nwosu.
Further in his speech, Archbishop Val commended the school principal Rev Dr. Maria Chijioke Nwakwo , describing her as a fearless sister who is ever ready to take any risk in order to give the students best training educationally, morally and otherwise, adding that this same mindset gave her the courage to sponsor her students in the competition. “She is not afraid of hard work”,he said.
“At the time she was assuming office as the principal of QRC, she made a policy that every student must be boarders. Today it has yielded huge fruits, while other schools have started copying her policy. In other words, she is setting the pace. She is never tired of hard work. Under her administration, QRC has witnessed great transformation both in academics, morals and infrastructure.”
Archbishop Val also commended the teachers their hard work and total commitment to their duties, explaining that their efforts are not unconnected with the success the students achieved during the competition.
While appreciating the students for their efforts so far, he urged them not to relent as QRC is providing the enabling environment to study well and excel, advising them to avail themselves of such great opportunities. He stated that every QRC student is lucky because she is already made. ” Always remember you are here for a holistic formation that will take you to the greatest level in life. It is now you should work towards your life ambition. You can as well apply the principle of being faster, smarter and happier.”
Responding, the school principal Sr. Nwankwo expressed unalloyed gratitude to Archbishop Val for his fatherly role in their College and his great support to their school, revealing that Archbishop has in the recent time erected new gigantic structures that are now serving as class room blocks, hostel, and teachers quarters. She also expressed appreciation to the donor of the computers Nze John Nwosu for his kind gesture, describing the gift as an encouragement.
Recall that 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 Application 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 are,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.