The 2017 edition of Helmbridge Science challenge recently with St. Gregory’s College, Obalende trumping 19 schools in Lagos to come out winners at the finals. They got a cash prize of N250,000, a trophy and certificates each for the team members. The runners-up were St. Michael’s Anglican College, Coker who also received a cash prize of N75,000, a trophy and certificates for the members, while third place went to Yaba College of Technology Secondary School, Yaba.
The Director of the Centre, Christopher Itua, said the contest, while testing their knowledge in academics, is also aimed at testing their ability to reason. “The person who was the time keeper today, once participated in the science challenge and graduated with First Class in Chemical Engineering. It was the competition that brought him to limelight. The first time his school came, they won it and they won it consecutively six times. Three years ago, they participated in Lagos State JETS competition and they won it. They represented Lagos state in Abuja and they won it. It was the science challenge that prepared them. The school even wrote us a letter thanking us. It has spurred students on to achieve. For us in Helmbridge, we don’t really gain anything but what has been keeping us going is the success they have been achieving. That is we want."
He expressed optimism that by next year, it would have a better outing when more corporate organisations would be able to sponsor the programme. He also congratulated the teams saying, “they are very focused, we are giving the three teams that topped the challenge the chance to participate in other programmes we are organising as well." Itua advised the parents to ensure they inculcate the right values in the children, while expressing concern that students these days, are not interested in studying.
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Nnamdi Obi who supported the winners with cash prizes, expressed delight that with competition like this, there are no losers. He thanked the teachers for doing a good job saying that inculcating in the students the right values is something that cannot be quantified in terms of naira and kobo, adding, “They say teachers' reward is in heaven, but it is right here on earth, so we must appreciate that.” While congratulating the winners for making it to the finals, Obi said they could be whatever they want to be so far as they were serious with their academics, noting that the success of our nation was in their hands.
The Captain of St. Gregory's College, Obalende, Master Charles Ogbogu who spoke on behalf of the team, expressed delight about his team’s success, admitting that they had to work harder when they lost at the competition last year. “We started earlier because we knew we would achieve what we wanted. It was through hardwork, it was painful but we thank God that we on. “Our teachers also helped us to improve on our weaknesses. Our administrator told us what it took to win and at the end of the day, victory was ours.”
Culled from the Thisday newspaper