Calling on Liberians, particularly students, to focus on science and technology in order for Liberia to accelerate and catch up with other nations, Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette Gibson launched the city’s first annual Science Fair competition on Thursday, November 24. The mayor acknowledged and commended the many talented participants, especially the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) High School, who took first place.
“I’m happy today to see this competition where S.D.A High School came first place, followed by School of Prime Systems and Isaac A. David Memorial High school, and declared as winners of this first science competition in Paynesville,” said Mayor Gibson.
“We hope that this initial science fair will serve as a reference point for other students to develop their creative thinking, to positively affect their homes, communities, society and the country at large. It is our hope that the product of this fair will capture the attention of school authorities in the private and public sectors to support the advancement of science and technology in Liberia.”
SDA won for an experiment demonstrating the difference between salt and ordinary water.
The mayor meanwhile commended the participating schools and encouraged them to pay more attention to science and technology.
According to her, the purpose of the competition is to expand the imagination and creative thinking of young people in Liberia and to potentially provide the needed platform for them to advance in the sciences.
“Today marks the Paynesville City Corporation’s first annual science fair competition, established to harness the role of innovation in advancing science and technology. Let me explain to you all the inspiration behind this great project.
“I was inspired by a young boy name Goddly Padmore who visited my office during the evening hours with the intent to sell an architectural model which he fabricated out of cardboard, wire, LED lights and other materials from the garbage. I was touched by his passion for innovation and creativity and decided to sponsor him in school,” she said.
The Mayor said eight schools were selected to participate in the competition based on their perceived efforts to develop students in the sciences.
Participating schools included: Ann Sandell Independent School System; Isaac A. David Memorial School; Seventh Day Adventist High School; Bethesda A.G. Mission School; the Light House Mission School; School of Prime Systems; Liberia-Turkish Light International; and Calvary A.G. Mission School.
These schools, according to her, were given a period of one month to come up with innovations of their choice, after which awards would be presented to the winners.
For her part, the General Services Agency (GSA) Director Mary Broh thanked the participating schools and encouraged them to be part of the nation building process.
Madam Broh said students of today are leaders of tomorrow and as such, they should take their education serious, which will help them become capable leaders of tomorrow. She then urged them to study hard and do away with spying, describing it as another way of cheating that can lead to corruption in their future endeavors.
The fair was sponsored by AKA Sorority Eta Beta Omega Chapter; ADI Contractors; Cummings Africa Foundation; Cellcom; Coca Cola; Roya Grand Hotel; SDMO Liberia; and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).