Mamfe, in the Akuapim North District of the Eastern Region, is preparing a mammoth welcome ceremony for winners of the 2019 World Robofest competition held in Michigan, USA.
Students of Methodist Girls High School (MEGHISS), which is situated in the town, beat about six countries including; Japan, Korea, China, South Africa, Mexico and the USA, to win the coveted award.
The MEGHISS team made up of ten SHS One and Two students with two coordinators – including a former student of the school who completed last year – are expected to arrive in Ghana on Friday, May 24.
This is the second time that the school has won an international competition putting Ghana’s name on a high pedestal once again, after winning the Students Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) international competition in Ukraine, last year.
The girls who made Ghana proud on that international stage included; Naomi Edem Kuma, Susan Annorbea Appiah, Sandra Yeboah, Maame Yaa Manko Henaku, Ruby Ayerley Tetteh, Nana Ohenewa Frimpong, Catherine Awurama Banson, Alberta Anna Esiambah, Sarah Baaba Grant as well as two coordinators, Paulina Ansah Captan, the old former student and Mr Ben Amoako.
Headmistress of the school, Sylvia Laryea, told the GNA shortly after the school was announced as winners, that their continuous exploits at the international stage are proof that the school's investments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and empowerment are worthy.
Giving the Genesis of the competition, she said due to the strong interest her students showed in the sciences, the team in one of their usual researches googled and came across the competition and right away started preparation towards participating in the national contest.
She said they did not perform well at the competition held at the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra because the school at the time did not have enough support at the time. She said that support was key to advancing in Robotics.
However, she said the school launched a campaign to solicit for support, which the school got.
She said Robotics was an expensive venture as every aspect of its progression required money to advance.
“The zeal of the teachers, coordinators and the students themselves motivated us to go every length to get the support needed for them,” she recounted.
The headmistress of the school was full of praise to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for their support, Corporate Ghana, the Methodist Church of Ghana, Ghana Education Service (GES) the Mamfe Traditional Council other well-wishers who at every point supported the school.