By Musbaudeen Shekoni
Adding to the already weighty box of achievements, Lumen Christi High School, Uromi, Edo State has again been decorated at the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation Young Achievers Award 2012.
The award was informed by its feat in having the best West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results among a throng of 11,000 secondary schools that presented candidates for the 2011 WASSCE.
In 2007 and 2009, the school, which was established in 1986 by the then Archbishop of Benin City, Dr. P. E Ekpu, beat other high-flying secondary schools to the coveted award.
In the 2011 WASSCE, Lumen Christi High School, again stood a good ground in English Language, Mathematics and Science subjects.
In its 16th year, the annual award which held on the 17th of October, 2012, at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos had H. E. Amb. (Dr) Christopher Kolade as the Chairman of the occasion and the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the special guest of honour.
Other dignitaries present at the event were Her Excellency, Dame Abimbola Fashola, First Lady of Lagos State, Prof. Alele-Williams OFR, Izoma Philips Asiodu, CON and Emeritus Prof. Umaru Shehu, CFR.
Chief organiser of the Young Achievers Award, Mrs Patricia Otuedon-Arawore is committed to the total development of the society through vehicles of encouragement. According to Otuedon-Arawore, “Hallmarks Foundation had this year, turned its searchlight on the youth, to nurture and groom tomorrow’s leaders, mindful of the fact that the investment in our human capital is crucial to our development as a nation.”
She maintained that the mission of the Young Achievers Awards remains “to discover young Nigerians with great potentials. Mentor, encourage and provide a platform for them to realise their maximum potentials while showcasing them as examples for other youths to emulate.”
The school received a plaque, science equipment worth a million Naira and two computer sets from the organisers of Hallmarks of Labour Foundation.
In appreciation, the Principal of Lumen Christi High School, Rev. Fr. (Dr) Theophilus Itaman said “the award will go a long way towards encouraging the students and staff to work harder.”