St. Anthony’s House breaks jinx at Notre Dame College’s 44th inter-house competition
St. Anthony’s (Yellow) House has broken the jinx of always finishing last in the history of Notre Dame College (NDC), Ozoro, Isoko North LGA, Delta State inter-house competition when she won the 44th edition of the competition last Friday.
St. Anthony’s beat the remaining houses by accumulating 334 points to emerge overall winner, while Our Lady’s (Blue) House, with 320 points, St. Peter’s (Pink) House, with 270 points, St. Patrick’s (Green) House, with 268 points, and St. Thomas’ (Red) House with 251 points took second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.
During the course of the events, Assistant Head Boy of the college, Emmanuel Onoriode, a member of St. Peter’s House, who is talented in short and long distance races, was awarded the best athlete of the year. Spectators and other competitors were overwhelmed by the speed with which Jessy Oyobere, a member of St. Peter’s House completed her long distance races (400m and 800m) leaving other competitors far behind her.
The school’s Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA) Chairman, who also chaired the occasion, Mr. Anazia Moses Kizito, urged parents to support the school in order to make it a worldclass institution that can compete at international levels. He applauded the school Principal, Rev. Fr. Raphael Aruoture Ayoro, for developing the school’s infrastructure, thereby creating an enabling environment for the students to be well-groomed in academics and sports.
Ayoro said that the purpose of the competition was to make the students physically fit, nurture talents and bring these young athletes to the limelight in the larger society.
Ayoro congratulated the housemasters, especially a National Youth Service Corps member, Mr. Gabriel Chinedum Onuoha-Nwokedi, for removing the negative ‘last position’ tag from St. Anthony’s House. Onuoha-Nwokedi had volunteered to work with the house, which had acquired the notoriety of poor performance so he would motivate the students and make the house one to be reckoned. Incredibly, his efforts yielded positive results, which is in line with the school’s motto ‘Per Ardua-Ad Astra’ (Through Hard Work to Success.)
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