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February 24, 2024

Alumni task students on excellence, good character

…as Corona School rewards students, drivers, others



It was rewards galore for outstanding students, drivers, security guards and gardeners as the management of Corona Secondary School, Agbara (CSS), a private school located at Agbara, an industrial community in Ogun State recognised them for their excellent academic performance, diligence and commitment to duty.


It was at the Valedictory and Prize-Giving Day of the school for the 2020/2021school year, where a driver, gardener and security officials who have spent over 30 years working for the school were rewarded for their efforts towards the smooth running of the school.


The event, according to the management, is a day set aside to recognise and celebrate brilliant efforts of its students in academics and extra-curricular activities in internal and external examinations, as well as to appreciate and encourage well-behaved students and also academic staff for their immeasurable efforts, dedication and contribution to the success of the academic session.


The theme of this year’s edition after last year’s edition was stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 was “Stand Up! Stand Out for Excellence – No One Left Behind.” The school did not only award its students in learning and character, but also the teaching, pastoral, administrative, kitchen, security, gardener, maintenance and medical staff, among others were recognized at the event.


Corona child is worth celebrating,” she said. The event was attended by Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and old students of the school, including the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, who also worked in the school in various capacities and retired as Director in 2014.


Meanwhile, the keynote speaker, Oyinda Egbeyemi, also an old student, reminisced her days as a student in the school, and how she was able to pull through every obstacle encountered.


She, therefore, said it was necessary for students to believe in themselves, with a good support system, and learn to take on challenges on the standard of excellence, develop a sense of excellence, and mindset of strength.


Egbeyemi said: “In life, there are always going to be challenges, there are always going to be obstacles, and whenever you overcome one, there is another waiting at the next door, but it is important that you go through the next door with a sense of excellence, and a mindset of strength because you will need to overcome these things. “It is also very important to take on challenges, take the bull by the horn and make sure you stand up for excellence. To excel is a great thing and something everyone must yearn to attain.”


On her part, Nofisat Haliru, a lawyer and old student, while addressing them, hinted that secondary school, especially for students in a boarding school, is a perfect time for self-discovery for any focused learner.


She added: “It is really the first time in our lives where we are able to have some form of independence from the ever monitoring eyes of our loving parents, and we are immersed into a system which moulds us but also allows us to decide the shape of what we want to be moulded into.

more questions, and be more interested and involved. “As I said earlier, you are not competing with the person next to you. The moment you limit your ability to whether or not you can do better than him or her, you have gotten it completely wrong because your growth or level of achievement should not be dependent on another person’s abilities.


You should strive to be a better you in every way,” she noted. The highpoint of the event was the presentation of awards to Tobechukwu Okolo, Adekunfola Olowodola, and Kaido Obikili, who emerged as the first, second and third overall best students of Year 7, with an overall percentage rating of 92.92 per cent, 92.72 per cent and 89.70 per cent respectively.


Also rewarded for their excellent academic performance were Abdullah Sule, Peace Odunuga and Gbemisola Marquis, who emerged first, second and third overall best students of Year 8, with an overall percentage rating of 89.13 per cent, 88.13 per cent, and 87.28 per cent respectively. In external extermination awards category for Cambridge Checkpoint 2020/2021 Academic Year, Oyintariere Akika, Munachiso Onyekwere and Abiodun Marqis in Year 9 emerged first, second, and third overall best students with average Grade of 5.8, 5.5, and 5.4 points respectively.


Also, the trio, alongside Oluwamurewa Fadare, Chisom Ike, Mofesola Olusola-Falodun, Blessing Obed, Roqeebat Koleosho, and Ifeoluwa Demechi, were recognised for having a Perfect Score of 6.0 point in the Cambridge Checkpoint Examination, while Folasade Adefisayo cash award for the best student in Checkpoint was received by Oyintariere Akika.


Also, Oyindoubra Akika, Ogechukwu Alloh, and Mardiat-Iman Ibrahim-Imam were rated as the first, second and third overall best students in Year 10, with their overall percentage rating of 94.85 per cent, 89.36 per cent and 89.30 per cent respectively

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