By Ononye VC
Results of the 2021 annual Archbishop Valerian Okeke Science Competition otherwise known as (AVOSCO) were unveiled on Thursday by the Education Department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha at the Shanahan Complex, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha where the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha doled out various prizes to the successful students.
Hundreds of students and their teachers gathered at the venue where in the presence of priests, religious,the media and renowned educationists,the Archbishop expressed his love for education and the reasons why he encouraged students with the annual AVOSCO competition.
Addressing the students, Archbishop Valerian Okeke said “the gathering was to celebrate the successes our schools gathered in international and state awards and to recognise those who did well”.
According to the Archbishop, it was a time to congratulate the teachers and school management for their efforts in grooming the students.
During the interactive session, a student had asked the Archbishop why he so much loved education and talks about it all the time, the Archbishop who gave a deep thought to the question replied thus, “what motivated my love for education is my love for your greatness and for all of you to achieve success in future”.
According to the Archbishop, “as a pastor,teacher and educationist,it is my duty to train you.A piece of wood remains a wood until a person chisels it out to be a statue.One of the ways to discover your talent is through education.
The Archbishop urged the students to strive for excellence and desire greatness.
He pointed out that one of the secrets of learning is to start learning adding that if any student wants to achieve greatness,he must embrace the culture of excellence.
For the AVOSCO 2021 Junior Category ( Archdiocesan level)the 1st position was taken by Igwilo Munachi Deborah from Regina Pacis Model Secondary School,Onitsha.
The 2nd position was taken by Iji John Paul from All Hallows Seminary, Onitsha while while Okwuego Somto Henry from Divine Rays British School Obosi won the 3rd position.
Winners on the Junior Category were from 1st to the 9th position.Two students scored 9th position bracket.
On the Senior Category,Ofoama Ifeanyi Ernest from Divine Rays British School Obosi scored the first position while Ayalogu Chukwudi Bruno Eugene from All Hallows Seminary,Onitsha took the second position.
Ekemezie Franklin Ifeanyichukwu from Christ the King College took the 3rd position.Other winners from the 4th to 10th position were listed.
The winners which included schools carted away prizes ranging from computers,white boards,printers and cash prizes to teachers whose schools performed well.
In a vote of thanks,the Archdiocesan Education Secretary Rev Fr Dr Paschal Onwugbenu,who was represented by Rev Fr Simeon Amuluche expressed gratitude to the Archbishop for promoting excellence in education.
Fr Amuluche also thanked those who made the 2021 AVOSCO event a success.
Highlight on the event was a thanksgiving mass by the Archbishop earlier before the event,rendition of songs by the students,debate and dance performance.

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