Corona’s graduating students eulogise teachers, parents
SIXTY-SIX graduating students of Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Ogun State, have been inducted into the school’s alumni association at a valedictory ceremony, which had their parents, some of whom are also older members of body in attendance.
The school management seized the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to grooming a new generation of purposeful leaders. Already, the school parades several endowments and awards instituted by its alumni members and their families, in areas such as academics, sports, entrepreneurial skills, volunteerism, behavioral benchmarks and for teacher among others.
Speaking at the ceremony, which had as its theme: “Exodus – The Beginning of a New Chapter,” principal of the school, Mrs. Adedoyin Adesina, said the institution takes, “great pride and confidence” in the ability of its students to do great things and impact the world positively.
Her words: “It is indeed a remarkable day in the life of the school, a joyous occasion for these unique, bold, wonderful, helpful and intellectually developed individuals, who have reached yet another milestone in their promising journey to excellence in adulthood. These young ones stride onwards, reaffirming Corona’s commitment to delivering rounded, world-class education.”
She showered encomiums on the Class of 2015, not only for their outstanding performances in academics and accomplishments in sports, but also for their abilities to cooperate in the discharge of shared responsibilities and their compassionate disposition towards people around them.
The principal, however, charged the graduating students to be mindful of the journey ahead, urging them to treasure, “the friends you have made, the insights you have gained, the values you have imbibed and the life skills you now possess.” “Let your mission be deliberate. Let your message be decisive. Let your motive be direct.
Let your manner be different. Let your principles be deep, let your method be daring and let your mind be discerning,” she charged the graduating students.
Outgoing Head Boy, Uade Imoukhuede, explained that their collective, unforgettable journey in the school, which started in 2009, had brought about an incredible mix of personalities that helped in raising talented singers, dancers, entrepreneurs and sportsmen/women among others.
Requesting for a standing ovation for all the teachers, he said, “Without these wonderful ladies and gentlemen, we would be mere shadows of who we have become. These fantastic people, from day one, had pushed us to be the very best we could be and even better than we thought we could.”
Outgoing Head Girl, Nafisa Haliru, recalled that one of her greatest fears upon entering Corona Secondary School was how to be outstanding in a school of brilliant students.
She said: “Corona has taught us that overconfidence and pride are the fastest way to kill a person’s career. We have learnt so much and our IGCSE and UTME results are living testimonies, and surely, our WASSCE results will be even better.”
She added: “To our parents, you have emptied your bank accounts to send us here. Congratulations, because you now have children of substance, who are priceless beyond all measure.”
The valedictorian of the set, Chiamaka Okoye, Mariam Eji-Lasisi and Chioma Akabuike clinched the top three best overall positions.
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