Miss Chinecherem Cynthia Ali, a student of Shalom Academy, Nsukka, has made her parents, school and entire state proud by scoring A’s in all nine subjects in the 2017 West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams.
Proud of this remarkable achievement and in celebration of excellence, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has offered Miss Cynthia a scholarship to study in any Nigerian university of her choice.
In recognition of her outstanding academic performance, the state government has also resolved to present the student with a certificate of honour.
With this record, the 18-year-old student from Umuagama, Enugu-Ezike in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of the State undoubtedly has one of the best Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results in the country.
Cynthia, who has applied to read Medicine and Surgery in the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), has been consistent with her enviable status as the best student from JSS1 to SSS3.
The student has also been honoured on two occasions with the Certificate of Merit by Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), Enugu State Chapter (2016 and 2017).
In his remark, Governor Ugwuanyi called on students in the state to see Cynthia’s achievement as a morale booster that will spur them to higher heights of achievement.
“I was excited beyond measure when news got to me that a young girl from our dear State made A1 in all her subjects at the last West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations.
“I was excited because as a leader of the people, our vision has been to lay the foundations that do not just encourage but also reward excellence across all spheres of endeavour.
“Cynthia Ali has in no small measure made the entire state proud and her achievement is a demonstration of how our dear state can become great again with exemplary performances such as hers.
“And I am convinced that what she has done will become a shining beacon of example that those coming behind her can copy and in the process lift their families, the entire state and the nation,” the Governor said.
Governor Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s commitment to invest in education, saying “we are aware that nothing liberates a society more than education.”
Delighted at her impressive record, the state Commissioner for Education, Professor Uchenna Eze announced the scholarship shortly after the student was presented before members of the State Executive Council for commendation on Thursday, August 10, 2017.
While briefing newsmen on the development alongside the state Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Sam Ugwu, parents and management of the school, Professor Eze urged Cynthia to remain committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, describing her as “a role model”.
In her response, Miss Cynthia Ali dedicated her success to God and thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for the scholarship, pointing that it was a rare honour to be presented before the hallowed Chambers of the State Executive Council.
She described the governor as a leader with a good heart whose passion for education is remarkable, while promising to continue making the state proud.
The proprietor of the school, Mrs Vicky Onu also commended the governor and members of the executive council for the honour and support extended to Cynthia to further her education, adding that she is a product of discipline, diligence, hard work and fear of God.
She noted that the gesture would encourage other students to work hard to achieve their aims in life.