By Dayo Adesulu
Parents and well wishers doff their hats for a SS3 student ofÂ Queensland Academy Okota, as he stood to receive an award certificate of Microsoft Certified Professionals, MCPs and VSATÂ from Microsoft Corporation and VSAT Network for his excellent performance at the Microsoft International Certificate Professional Examination held recently in Lagos.
Bamidele Oluwasegun Jeremiah who will be eighteen November this year, emerged best student of the competition.
He scored 952 over 1000 in VSAT and MCPs examinations to beat other contestants and subsequently awarded 2009 MCPs and VSAT Installation Certificate by Microsoft Corporation and VSAT.
According to the sharp, the flair for the course was not there initially when he was advised to enrol for the examination, but however developed interest through his father who is an engineer.
â€œInterest in whatever thing you do is the key that opens the door of succeed in all human endeavours,â€ he said.
Segun, who has just finished his senior school certificate examinations and awaiting result has already taken GCE examinations and JAMB where he score 219 in anticipation of studying Mechanical Engineering in the university.
According to Segun, he had barely a week to prepare for the JAMB exams as he was busy preparing for his final exams and GCE, yet he got that score. â€œI am a quick learner but hardly read in the day except at night and while in the classroom, I listen to my teachers with rapt attention and anything I am thought, I hardly forget,â€he said.
The boy who by all counts has access to study abroad said, he prefers having his first degree in Nigeria because he wants to get integrated into the system.
â€œ Before now, I had wanted to study in the UK, but when I observed the lives of some people who had their education overseas and discovered that some of them could not fit into our system when they returned, I told myself I want to study in Nigeria, because I want to be able to fit into the system.
If I study abroad the opportunity will not be there, as the way of studies in overseas is different from that of Nigeria,â€ he said.
Admonishing his fellow students in a valedictory service on the need to be studious and hardworking, Segun said: â€œIf what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you havenâ€™t done much today.
Fellow Queenslanders, our time in this school is over, we are now destined for greater things. Let us commit ourselves to ensuring that what we do today does not seem big to us tomorrow, for we can reach new heights, heights from which even the achievements we think are huge will seem small.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life that you have imagined for yourself and where you truly wish to go, the Lord will take you there. Mountains will fall and seas divide before you if you take in your stride the difficulties of life in this pursuit of excellence. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, because, often we lose what we might win, because we doubt the power within.â€
It could be recalled recently that, both Davidson Osaremen and Oluwaseun Alade who won Microsoftâ€™s highly rated international certificate professionals examination are from Queensland Academy, suggesting to the world that the Queensland AcademyÂ takes care of both academic and technological knowledge of their students, building them up for better tomorrow.