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14 Year-old- SSS Wins PZ Lagos Schools' Chemistry Challenge 2015 by DonDiego(m): 10:46am On Dec 21, 2015
14-year-old wins PZ chemistry challenge 2015

Anthony Ekene Ike-Okoro has emerged the youngest winner of the chemistry competition organised by PZ Cussons Nigeria. The 14-year-old SS3 student of Top Grade Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos pulled a total of 88.8 per cent in both the theory and practical sessions to beat three other finalists at the grand finale. Previous winners were 16-year-old, Emmanuel Onyekachi of Miketoy College, Ikotun in 2013 and Justin Nwaoha of Isolog College, Ojodu, Lagos.

In the 2015 edition, Anthony was trailed by 17-year-old Wajul Kareem of Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, who recorded 75.4 per cent to finish as first runner up. Pix 3 Samuel Joseph, a 15-year-old student, also of the same Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, came third, while Jude Nnaemeka Chineke, a 16-year-old SS3 student of Greate Esteem Secondary School, Surulere, was fourth.

The new champion, did better than his elder brother, Victor, who was the third runner-up at the inaugural edition of the competition in 2013. As the overall winner of the competition, Anthony walked away with a cheque for N700,000, a laptop and gold medal, while his Chemistry teacher, John Nnani, won N100,000.

Top Grade School also won Chemistry books worth N100,000 and a trophy for the feat of its student. Kareem, the first runner-up who also had the best result in the practical session, was presented with a cheque of N500,000, a laptop and silver medal. Joseph, the second runner-up in the competiton, won N400,000, a laptop and bronze medal. Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Agege, and Odusanya Joseph, one of its chemistry teachers, got double rewards for producing both the first and second runners-up. The school received Chemistry books worth a cumulative N150,000, while the teacher had cash prize of the same amount – N80,000 for the first runner-up and N70,000 for the second runner-up.

Jude Chineke, the third runner-up, won N300,000 in cash or scholarship, a laptop and consolation medal. His Chemistry teacher, Chuma Dominic, and school got N60,000 cash and Chemistry books worth the same amount. Cash prizes of N50,000 each were also presented to the six students who made Top 10 in the build-up to the finals.

Five other students in the audience were rewarded with prizes after correctly answering questions in the Audience Quiz. Anthony expressed gratitude to God, his parents, teachers and the organisers, as well as the other finalists whom he categorised as stiff competition. He said he would like to study electrical engineering and, in the process, continues to give his best to win more competitions, while urging others to work hard in achieving their goals. He appreciated PZ Cussons foundation for what he described as a “wonderful initiative.”

The competition, endorsed by the Lagos state ministry of education and the chemical society of Nigeria, amongst others, is in three stages. Two students from each public or private school in the state go through stage one, which is held in several centres across the state, with the best 100 progressing to the second stage, where 10 finalists emerge. However, only the top four will mount the stage to take up the ultimate challenge of winning the star prize.

Yomi Ifaturoti, group corporate affairs and administration director of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, said PZCCC is aimed at promoting excellence amongst secondary school students. “When we conceived this idea, we had thought the elite schools would produce the winners,” she said. “But the competition has indeed turned out to confirm that it is all down to the individual child and his or her dedication and passion to study.” Oladele Osibanjo, a professor and cairman advisory board of PZCCC, congratulated the organisers for conceiving a project to popularise Chemistry as an important science subject that drives through their manufacturing process.

Re: 14 Year-old- SSS Wins PZ Lagos Schools' Chemistry Challenge 2015 by mrbillz(m): 1:59pm On Dec 21, 2015
So clever! Brilliant minds...

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