Day Waterman valedictorian gives tips for academic success
For students wishing to grab headlines with their academic performances, handy tips have been handed them by the 2015 valedictorian of Day Waterman College (DWC), Ogun State, Miss Chinasa Onyenkpa.
Without mincing words, Onyekpa who is also the world highest achiever in Religious Education in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination, advised that students should be steadfast to God, remain focused and be studious.
She stressed that for students to have great academic experiences, they must be determined, disciplined and above all, acknowledges the God factor, as it was only through this that one’s aspirations in life would be achieved.
At the event attended by staff of the school, parents, friends and well-wishers, she said, “In my five whirlwind years in this highly esteemed college, I have learnt a myriad of invaluable lessons, which have gone a long way in molding and crafting me into the person I am today.
With my recent record as the World Highest achiever in the Religious Education in IGCSE examination, a few students have asked me how such huge success could be achieved and maintained. Well the answer is quite simple. Stay steadfast to God; stay focused; stay studious.
“Though the journey could be daunting, but you must not be distracted, keep praying; keep striving because here, in the picturesque confines of DWC, there is ample opportunity for every student to explore their full potential.” To the class of 2015, she said, thank you for being a great team full of amazing memories. Life in DWC has been didactic and the lessons we have learnt should forever be cherished and remembered.
Lessons that have helped us become more aware of the world around us; that have fine-tuned us into better individuals. One journey has ended successfully.
However, another journey awaits us, for success is a growing mountain that compels a continuous hiking.” Principal of the school, Ms. Linda Potticary, while prompting the class of 2015 to build strongly on the leadership qualities imbued in them, also urged them to strive for excellence in all their endeavours. She charged them to keep the flag of DWC flying wherever they go and remain great ambassadors of the college.
The guest speaker, Dr. Femi Johnson, in his presentation reminded the graduands that the present generation was looking up to them to help solve societal problems and create practical solutions.
He urged them to seek to identify their strengths and capabilities, and give prominence to them so as rise above the mediocrity that abound in the society.
While Onyenkpa went home with four academic awards, Wendidi Akaraiwe won two academic prizes. Titilayo Fashola was also the most improved student in two subjects. Enitan Adetona was the best in ICT and the most improved in drama, while Emeka Ihedioha, was the most improved student in history.
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