All Hail 2015 PZ Cussons Carex Chemistry Challenge Winners

Anthony Ekene Ike-Okoro (second left) flanked by other winners of 2015 PZ Cusson Carex Chemistry competition.

Anthony Ekene Ike-Okoro (second left) flanked by other winners of 2015 PZ Cusson Carex Chemistry competition.

With a total of 88.8 per cent in both theory and practical sessions of the 2015 PZ Cussons Carex Chemistry Challenge (PZCCC), 14-year-old Anthony Ekene Ike-Okoro emerged the overall champion of the contest. Ike-Okoro, a Senior Secondary three student of Top Grade Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos, is the youngest winner of the competition, which debut in 2013, as his elder brother Victor Ike-Okoro, won third runner-up at the inaugural edition of the competition.

Seventeen-year-old Wajul Kareem of Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, emerged the first runner up with 75.4 per cent, while 15-year-old Samuel Joseph, also a student of Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege was second runner-up (third place).

For his feat, Ike-Okoro won a cash prize of N700, 000, a laptop and gold medal, while his Chemistry teacher, Mr. John Odinibe Nnani, went home with N100, 000 and the school a trophy and chemistry textbooks worth N100, 000.

Kareem, received a cash prize of N500, 000, a laptop and silver medal, while Joseph got N400, 000, a laptop and bronze medal. Their school got Chemistry textbooks worth N150,000, while their Chemistry teacher, Mr. Odusanya Tolulope Joseph, got double rewards of N80,000 for the first runner-up and N70, 000 for the second runner-up.

Speaking at the grand finale of the competition, Group Director, Corporate Affairs and Administration PZ Cussons, Mrs. Yomi Ifaturoti, said the competition was aimed at promoting excellence amongst secondary school students.

According to her, the experience in the last three years has proved that public schools still have good quality, despite the contrary being the perception, as the 2015 edition produced two students of public schools amongst the four finalists.

Chairman Advisory Board of PZCCC, Prof Oladele Osibanjo, while congratulating the organisers for conceiving the project, said the initiative would popularise the study of Chemistry as an important science subject.

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