Accra, Aug. 8, GNA- Ms Yvette Kraku, a 15-year-old final year student of St Paul’s Methodist Junior High School in Tema, at the weekend won the maiden Innovation Awards held in Tema.
The Awards, which is an initiative of the 1992 year group of the St Paul’s Methodist JHS aims at making students creative by thinking outside the box on innovative ideas.
Ms Kraku defeated two other students who were in the final stage with her to emerge as the overall winner.
The 10 participants who made it to the final stage were asked to write about their future ambitions from which the number was reduced to five.
In her reaction, the elated Ms Kraku disclosed that she could not have achieved the feat but for the support, encouragement and motivation she received from her teachers.
She admitted that though the competition was competitive, but looking at the financial situation of her parents, she encouraged herself with the opportunity at stake that would help her be in Senior High School (SHS) to pursue her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer as she progressed in the competition.
Ms Kraku smiled home with a cash prize of GH₵ 1,400.00 towards her SHS education, a certificate, trophy and a 10 inch Samsung Tablet as a gift from Madam Lilian Safoaah Frimpong Ashamoah who is also an old student of St Paul’s Methodist School with the 1995 year group.
The runners-ups also had certificates and medals as their awards.
The winner of the maiden Innovation Awards advised the youth to take their studies seriously as it pays off.
“Am smiling today because I learnt, so I advice the youth of the country to also learn hard and be very committed to God as He is the one who can do all things.
“I prayed, studied and made sure I studied hard because learning is not easy,” she said.
She thanked the organisers for the opportunity that would help her pursue her studies at the SHS, climb the academic ladder to the highest she could go.
She called on them to continue with the laudable initiative that would help brilliant but under-privileged students in the society to achieve their goals in the academic circles.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Ato Kittoe, the project Co-ordinator of the Lokko Foundation, the organisers of the Innovation Awards, said it is the primary goal of the group to encourage students to be innovative through their thinking by being creative.
“We believe this will help prepare our final year students going to SHS think outside the box,” he said.
He said the awards, which was launched last year by the group would be a yearly initiative with the aim to encourage the citizenry to promote education by thinking about where they come from and going back to their roots to support.
“We also take this opportunity to name this awards initiative after our first headmistress, Mrs Grace Lokko by calling it the Lokko Foundation,” he said.
On the selection criteria, he explained that in all 35 applications were received for the awards but it was limited to final year students.
He said the applicants were given three innovation topics for them to pick one and write on with all applications being submitted before a nominated closing date considered by the selection committee.
“The one with the innovative ideas were picked according to the guidelines.
“We had 10 students going into the next stage and they were asked to write about their future ambitions and that help reduce the number to five. It was really hard to pick a winner at that stage so we did face to face interview with the finalist; at the end everyone picked the same winner and had to debate on the second and third, but it was the same two names for all so they voted on positioning,” he said.
Mr Kittoe noted that going forward, the prizes of the awards would be reviewed every year to reflect the economic situation of the country.