Top performing students in the 2019/2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Liberia have been honored by Dr. Daniel E. Cassell Foundation.
Speaking at the recognition and appreciation program January 15, 2021, the foundation CEO Dr. Cassell said, he saw the students as himself and their level of academic preparation must be appreciated.
He said education has given him the determination to overcome all situations despite the challenges and has served as his refuge place, a hope for him and his name today.
The Liberian humanitarian encouraged the young Liberians to study harder, be ambassadors to other pupils and contribute to the society.
The foundation awarded Blessing Jalieba five hundred United States dollars and a certificate for being first in the exam. Miss Alice Wright also got four hundred and fifty United States dollars for being second and Lela Wapoe received four hundred United States dollars for her third position in the country.
Meanwhile, other top students throughout the country received one hundred United States dollars each and a certificate as a way of appreciating them for their level of achievements.
The humanitarian Foundation was founded in July 2020 by a Liberian health professional and a humanitarian Dr. Daniel E. Cassell. The foundation aim is to assist the less fortunate, marginalized and disenfranchised citizens in society and promote education.
Representing the Ministry of Education of Liberia was Cecelia Reeves, Montserrado County Education officer, who praised the organizes for the award ceremony as it will help pave way for Liberian students to push further in their studies.
Madam Reeves mentioned that education is not heredity, but hard work towards studies will prove the best in a student’s achievement.
She added that as a female, she is proud to see young girls rise to the top in the WASSCE across the country.
Madam Reeves also described the top three students of the WASSCE as her ‘ point pointers’; as she encouraged the students to do more and that women have the leading positions in all fields of work.
The educationalist also mentioned that the government of Liberia is also going to pay the WASSCE fees for all final year students this year.
Representing the parents, Mr. Wright thanked the Dr. Cassell Foundation for the move to recognize students for a job well done.
He praised the foundation for their good will towards humanity. Mr Wright encouraged parents to focus on their children, invest in them, pray for the children and teach them good morals for a brighter future.
The parent also urged the students to work hard as they continue their educational journey.
Also thanking the Dr. Cassell Foundation, WASSCE best performing student in the country Miss Blessing Jalieba on behalf of her colleagues appreciated the foundation efforts towards them.
She praised the teachers and encouraged her fellow students to push harder and motivate other students to stay focus, be God fearing and show good morals.
The program was well marked by top students, teachers and parents.