Master Ayisi (right) receiving his ‘Akosua’ award for being the best visual arts student
DAILY GUIDE’S sensational cartoonist, ‘Akosua’ sponsored the award for the Overall Best Visual Arts Student at the 55th Speech and Prize Giving Day of her alma mater, Okuapemman Senior High School at Akropong-Akuapem in the Akuapem North municipality of the Eastern region over the weekend.
The lucky recipient was Master Dennis Ayisi, a final year visual arts student who was handed his award after school authorities acknowledged Akosua’s extraordinary flair in that subject.
‘Akosua’ had her tertiary education at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and has been the ace cartoonist for DAILY GUIDE since 2000.
Three other past students of Okuapemman Senior High School known as ‘Adehye’-Odehye Prof Kwamena Ahwoi, former Local Government Minister, Odehye Kwame Sefa Kayi, a renowned broadcast journalist and Odehye Kwasi Gyan Apenteng, also a journalist and writer of international repute, received glowing tributes as past students who have contributed immensely to Ghana’s development and whose exploits have lifted the name of the school high.
The school’s headmaster, Felix Essah-Hienno in an address said old students have been of great help to the school which is now counted as one of the best in the country.
He said out 426 students presented for the 2011 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), 417 qualified for university admission.
The headmaster however appealed to government to provide a bus for the school as well as Braille typewriters for visually impaired students.
“We want GETfund to come to the aid of the school because as a school with a population of 2,283 we need more facilities,” Mr. Essah-Hienno said.
Prof Kwamena Ahwoi, who was the guest speaker at the event, warned students against immorality saying “immorality leads to indiscipline.”
Speaking on the theme for the occasion, “Moral Discipline and Academic Excellence-The Way Forward,” Prof Ahwoi said students must always abide by the school’s regulations and ensure that they study hard.
The former local government minister asked students who are not yet 18 not to allow themselves to be deceived by politicians to go and register during the forthcoming registration exercise as it is against the laws of the country.
“Such offenders will face the full rigor of the law,” he said.
From Thomas Fosu Jnr, Akropong-Akuapem