Bishop urges support for contestants

Bishop Geoffrey Okorafor of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu has called on governments, corporate bodies and public-spirited individuals to always come to the aid of students representing Nigeria in international competitions.
The Bishop made the call when two students of Egbu Girls Secondary School, Owerri North LGA, Imo State who are to represent Nigeria at the 2016 International Brain Bee Science Quiz contest in Denmark were introduced to stakeholders of the diocese during their meeting recently.
He congratulated the principal, staff and students of the school for the feat, reasoning that “behind every successful student there is a dedicated teacher”.
He charged other schools under the diocese to emulate Egbu Girls Secondary School which was one of the schools handed over to missions by the Imo State government.
The cleric assured that the diocese would sponsor the trips of the students billed to leave for Denmark tomorrow and promised to ensure that schools under the diocese offer qualitative education always.
While charging the competitors and their guides to win laurels, he regretted that the state government has halted subventions to mission schools, stressing that the schools were handed over when they were dilapidated.
Presenting the students, the school’s principal, Lady Onyekachi Basil-Nwachukwu, said that the girls, Miss Precious Okorafor and Miss Oluomachi Opara, all SS2 students, emerged nation champions and first runner-up, respectively, in the competition held at Young Scientist’ College, Owerri.
She said that the International Brain Bee (IBB) Science Quiz Competition was established in 2008 with headquarters in the United States of America and that the school joined the contest in 2015 and has since continued to produce the national champion, capping it up with the first runner-up in 2016.
Also speaking, the national champion, Miss Precious Okorafor, 15, attributed their success to hard work, … saw the competition as an opportunity to test my’ brain and I did that”, she said. The first runner-up, Miss Oluomachi Opara, 16 advised her fellow students to pay attention to their teachers.
“We pay more attention to our teachers. I was even paying more attention to my Physics. When the opportunity came T told my mum and she advised me to give it a trial. I wasn’t expecting it and it came”, she said.
Oluomachi said she would like to become a Physicist, creating theories and propounding laws for research  while Precious said she would like to become a neuro-surgeon.
Present at the forum were the Chancellor of the Diocese and immediate past Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon. Justice B. A. Njemanze, the Registrar, Bar. Ifeanyi Eke, President of the Council of Knights, Egbu Chapter and their Lady Executives.
Others included Archdeacons and Administrators, Executive of the Egbu Clergy Association, Women’s Work office Executives and Christian Fathers Executives.  The International Brain Bee quiz is a yearly International event organized to raise awareness and interest in the study of the brain among Secondary School students.
Miss. Princess Esther Daniel, a final year student of  Egbu Girl’s     (Anglican)     Secondary     School     emerged     winner     of    the     2015 National International Brain Bee competition and represented the country at that global contest which took place in Cairn, Australia.

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