Dr. Cassell Foundation, a non-for profit organization, has honored and provided cash prizes to the top performing students in the just ended West African Secondary School Certificate Examination.
The ceremony making the presentation of the prizes was held at the PA’s RIBHOUSE in Airfield, Sinkor, was attended by the beneficiaries, parents, school administrators and guardians. Cash was given to the most accomplishing students of this year’s examinations, who include Blessing Jalieba of St. Teresa Convent receiving US$500 as dux; Alicia Wright of St. Teresa Convent US$450, and Lela P. Wapoe of Light International School System who also receives US$400.
Three top candidates of eight counties including Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Revercess, Bong, Margibi, and Nimba Counties received US$100 each and the remaining counties three top performing students will receive their cash prizes shortly according to officials of the foundation.
Dr. Daniel Cassell, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, said the cash prizes to top performing students was a way of motivating them and the foundation’s way of giving back honor of his mother who struggled as single parent to send six of them to school.
“We are honoring you today through my foundation because education has been a refuge place for me. Education has given me hope and a name today. I am no different from each of you here, and I see you as a reflection of myself,” Dr. Cassell said.
Dr. Cassell Called on the beneficiaries to see their excellent performances as a beginning of the long life journey to reunite the hope and aspiration of each of them.
“I will hope that most of you will be in my shoes to give back encourage others because doing so is life. It’s a right thing to do to lend others helping hands when it is time. I thank you for your hard work that has earned you this recognition,” he said.
The County Education Officer of Montserrado County, Cecelia Reeves, expressed gratitude to the Foundation for recognizing this year’s accomplishing students in the examinations.
She said women are now coming to the top, which shows that if a man can be a medical doctor, a woman can also be a medical doctor.
Madam Reeves said statistics has shown that there is a decline in human resource in the sciences, especially young people and qualified teachers in the classroom.
Jimmy Wright, a parent, lauded the students for the good work in the just ended examination and the foundation for honoring and appreciating the students as well.
“Parents need to focus on their kids. Whatever it takes it doesn’t matter, if you put your resources in a child’s education and you follow up, you will get the best. I want to appreciate the government for recognizing the children/students,” Wright said.
He called on Dr. Daniel Cassell to continue to carry out his humanitarian work, especially supporting students.
Blessing Jalieba, dux of this year’s WASSCE, called on her colleagues to focus and move higher in their studies in order to make their parents and the country proud.