• Archbishop Valerian Okeke congratulates the school

By Nna Anulumadu

At was another moment of Jubilation in Anambra last week as students from St John’s Science and Technical College, Alor emerged Champions at the just concluded 2021-Society of Petroleum Engineers STEM FAIR (Catch Them Young) Competition held at Port Harcourt.

The competition was on Clean Energy and Artificial Intelligence organised by Society of Petroleum Engineers section 103 port Harcourt (South South and South East), sponsored by Total & Shell oil companies.
According the manager of the school Rev Fr Francis Unegbu entries were thinned down to 18 schools from South South and South East. ” Further assessment were done and still thinned down to 5 schools, and our school emerged as the winner at the finals”.

He disclosed that his student Joshua Udedibia with his team produced a robot that obeys voice command, an invention that brought victory to the school.

The results from the competition are as follow- St. John’s College, Alor— 1st, Edufort High School, Port Harcourt—- 2nd, Niger Delta Science & Technical College, Warri— 3rd Federal Government College, Nise— 4th, and Airforce College, Port Harcourt—- 5th.

The Chief Shepherd of Onitsha Archdiocese His Grace Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke while receiving the school manager Fr Unegbu and the students who won the competition, congratulated the school, for achieving the uncommon feat, and pray that future achievements may be greater than the past.

It will be recalled that in the year 2019, under the same administration of Fr Francis Unegbu, four boys from St John’s Science &Techincal College Alor owned by Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, won bronze medal in Tunisia during the International Festival of Engineering, Science and Technology (I-FEST).

The students, participated in the Physics aspect of the competition, coming out in the third position out of over 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 participated.

Here in Nigeria, Onitsha Archdiocesan schools have won a good number of national and international competitions and have performed wonderfully well in national examinations, emerging first positions, there by making Anambra state and the Archdiocese proud every year.


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