O’NANCE Students Urged to Practice Campus Politics

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(l-r) President Philomena Jarett, and her VP, Mariam Dukuly taking the oath of office

The O’NANCE International Christian School (OICS) in the 72nd Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, recently inducted into office a new leadership of the student council government for this academic year. More resonating at the ceremony were calls for students to get more involved in campus-based politics, to get insights as to how governments work in the real world.

The guest speaker, Winston Freeman, cautioned the students to remain disciplined and respectful at all times if they should succeed in life. Mr. Freeman is the principal of the Patrick Pah Wesleyan High School.

Freeman emphasized the issue of hard work, which he said is paramount not to just cultivate the respect of fellow students, “but makes others to look up to you for direction.”

He further urged the new student leadership to serve with humility and be selfless, while at the same time making the best out of every critical issue.

Mr. Freeman, who spoke on the topic, “The Quality of a Good Leader,” said it includes one being academically outstanding.

“You have to be exceptional if you are to successfully lead your fellow students, because they have to look up to you for direction and solution; therefore, you have to have the intelligent quotient (IQ) to represent your fellow students,” he said.

Mr. Freeman noted that leadership, especially at the high school level, is about building relationship, being reliable and responsible.

Adolphus Dupley, a member of the PTA, inducted the student leadership.

Those inducted were the president, Philomena L. Jarett, vice president, Mariam Dukuly, speaker of parliament, Arkina Mombo, senate pro-temp, Stelyna H. Kweejay and scores of cabinet ministers.

Ms Jarett, who spoke on the theme, “Team Work,” rallied her fellow students to ensure that her leadership leave behind an everlasting legacy for students that would come after their tenure shall have expired, adding, “we can assure you that we will participate in events and programs in and out of this campus to make  a positive impact on behalf our dear school.”

The Jarett leadership, which has already completed its first project of reconditioning the school’s basketball court, said it has over L$50,000 worth of other projects to undertake. These include the construction of a concrete podium for use during devotion hours, installation of an air-conditioning system in the computer Lab.

The student leadership seated prior to the induction ceremony

There is another curtain project that the student leadership plans to undertake. “We have to work as a team to achieve these,” she said.

Ms Jarett called on her fellow students to be unique and see themselves as “one of a kind, special, different, rare and especially defined.

“We need to be identified by the attributes bestowed on us that will set examples for our future generation; therefore, I must inform you that being a president of this student body is a challenge, but I believe that I am qualified for this position,” she assured.

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