The 2022 graduating students of Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Ogun State have been urged to be strategic in life and be goal-oriented in all they do, as they advance in their academic pursuits across the world.
Ibiyemi Bello, chairman of the occasion, vice-chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU) admonished the students to maintain the good characters they have built over time at Corona Secondary School and to resist every temptation to be influenced wrongly by peers in higher institutions.
Speaking at the 2022 graduation and valedictory service of the school with the theme titled, “Focus: An Attitude for Continuous Growth’, Bello who was represented by Martins Anetekhai advised the students to keep their heads straight, and flee from those vices that could truncate your future.
According to Anetekhai, the secret of success in modern-day life is the ability to apply the knowledge learned to every sphere of life.
“By the time you combine your knowledge with its application, I am sure nothing can stop you if you can apply your knowledge in every area of your life.” He said.
Chinedum Oluwadamilola, Principal of the School said that with focus, growth becomes continuous, adding that with focus, the students will know how to deal with distractions and keep their eyes on the ball.
Oluwadamilola said nine students of the school met the requirements of the ACCA Foundation Programme, making Corona Secondary School (CSS) the first and only secondary school in Nigeria whose students (now 27) have fully qualified for the ACCA Foundations.
She equally revealed that six students out of seven CSS students that took the IELTS examination scored between 6.5 and 8.0, 13 students scored a perfect score of 6.0 in mathematics at the 2022 Cambridge Checkpoint examination, and six students scored a total score of 300 and above with the highest score at 321 at the 2022 UTME, while 28 students scored between 250 and 279 respectively I same examination.
Among other numerous achievements of the school, Oluwadamilola lastly added that CSS students got an average score of 1112 in SAT, with the highest score being 1460 out of a possible 1600, as against the benchmark of 1010.
Speaking further, the principal admonished the fresh graduates to be steadfast in their studies and imbibe the act of discipline as they begin another phase of their lives.
On his part, Somtochukwu Ike, Valedictorian of the set who plans to study Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University, USA said it was nice to be the valedictorian because his six years of hard work in secondary school has indeed paid off.
“It’s like all the work from the beginning, the extra reading, doing night preps, group reading, etc. are all worth it in the end. I got all the awards and endowment and I’m really happy about that,” Ike said.
The high point of the occasion was the presentation of various categories of awards and endowments to some outstanding students of the 2022 graduands by the school and other professional bodies. Special Awards and Endowments in various subjects were presented to Somtochukwu Ike, George Nnona and Toluwanimi Sonuga who emerged as the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and the Third-best Overall students of the 2022 sets respectively.