A former pupil of Shalom Academy, Nsukka, Enugu State, Chinecherem Cynthia Ali who made grade A in all subjects in the 2017 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WAESSCE, has revealed why she was able to achieve the feat.
Cynthia became the first pupil in her school to earn A grade in all the subjects in WASSCE.
While fielding questions from Punch, on what motivated her, she said, “While I was in school, my priority was to make a wonderful result. I had clarity of purpose in what I wanted to achieve. My elder brother was the chief motivator.
“He made six As in his WASSCE last year. He told me I could do better than he did. He planted that goal to surpass his feat in me. Whenever I had a problem with my studies, he was always around to help me out.
“He practically taught me the techniques to excel in the subjects . He prepared my mind about the syllabus in SS3 , who the teachers were and what would enable me to get the best from each of them.
“He told me I needed to put in extra efforts in whatever I was doing. On my first day in school , when I got to SS1 , my chemistry teacher called me and told me certain things about my goal. He told me no one had ever made nine As in the school.
“He said he heard an inner voice that I could break the record. I was just laughing when he told me . I had a note which I titled , ‘My future WASSCE results.’
“I wrote down my results on the note , filling As across all the subjects I was to sit for. I prayed to God to help me achieve the goal. My friends who saw the note said I was going crazy .
“But I told God to help me. Another teacher that helped me a great deal was my biology teacher .
“She prepared a study timetable for me to follow. She told me to study at least two hours at a stretch. The two teachers (chemistry and biology ) told me my goal was achievable.
“Have you always had an excellent result like this ?
By God’s grace, I have always excelled in my studies. My results were always among the best.”