By John Agbakwuru
The maiden edition of a quiz competition for secondary schools in Owerri, organized by the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA) has been won by Fr Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku.
The contest was organized in conjunction with Zander Fm Radio. The school beat nine other contestants to emerge first with 310 points, while the 2nd and 3rd positions went to Government Secondary School Owerri and New Laetare High School, Akwakuma which got 270 poimts and 265 points respectively.
The schools in addition to the certificates presented to them, by the organizers also received N100,000, N60,000 and N40,000 cash rewards respectively.
The formal presentation of these prizes which took place Sunday, December 13, 2020. at the Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Glass House Ugwu Orji Owerri, was the high point of the 2020 end-of-the year party of UNAA.
Rev Fr Emmanuel Diala, Principal of the winning school, his staff, as well as their counterparts from the runner-up schools were present. Dignitaries who graced the occasion included, members and executives of the Alumni Association. Engr Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, an alumnus and Grand Patron of UNAA was there in person.
Sir Engr. Chinedu Ajoku, Owerri Branch President in his speech, praised the Fr. Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku for excelling in the contest and also commended other participating schools for their efforts. He stated that the Association intends to take the quiz competition to a higher level next year. The president disclosed plans by the UNAA to widen its activities by starting a heath programme in order to touch the lives of more people.
In his word of appreciation after his school had received the first prize and cash, Rev Fr Emmanuel Diala, thanked the organizers of the competition for giving his students the opportunity to showcase their talents.
The principal, whose boys also won the football trophy competition organized for mission schools in the Owerri Archdiocese in 2019, in addition to so many other contests in the past, described Fr Cloonan Memorial School as a ‘Silent Achiever.’
According to him, invitation to his school to feature in the UNAA quiz competition came almost too late but he charged his students to make sure they win the first position, which they did.
In his speech, the Ahaejiagamba of Igboland, Engr Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Grand Patron of UNAA thanked God for the good leadership of the Owerri Branch of the Association led by Engr Chinedu Ajoku and the wise programs they are executing.
The Grand patron assured members that he will give the association the necessary support it needs to actualize its proposed health projects slated to commence in 2021, through his Iwuanyanwu Ambalance and Foundation.