AUN Academy Students Excel in Writing Center Essay Competition

Director AUN Writing Center, Ms. Emilienne Akpan, Presenting the First Place Award for the Academy’s Writing Competition to El-Miracle Idorenyin Akpan

The Center’s interim Director, Mrs. Emilienne Akpan, described the entries received as “impressive.”

Split into junior and senior categories, the contest was meant to encourage the students’ love of reading, writing, research, and learning. With a maximum number of 400 words, the essays for the junior classes included “Television is a Bad Influence on Children,” “My Hero,” and “My Happiest Day." The topics for the senior category touched on the influence of the social networks on academic performances and learning experiences at school. They included “Technology Makes Learning Easy” and “Life in Boarding School.” The maximum length for the senior category was 500 words.

In the senior category, Bilkis Amin Rufai came in first place while Atikatu Yaga Abubakar and Hadiza Ahmad Jika came in second and third places respectively. They were all in SS2. In the junior category, the first position went to El-Miracle Idorenyin Akpan in JS3, second place to Precious Olowu in JS2, and third place to Tartifarta Alexander Yargawa in JS1.

Director AUN Writing Center, Ms. Emilienne Akpan, Presenting the Second Place Award for the Academy’s Writing Competition to Precious OlowuDirector AUN Writing Center, Ms. Emilienne Akpan, Presenting the Second Place Award for the Academy’s Writing Competition to Precious Olowu

In addition to books and certificates, the two first-place winners each received a cash prize of N30,000, while the second and third place winners won N20,000 and N10,000 respectively. These prizes were sponsored by Dr Jacob Jacob, the Interim Associate Dean of SAS, and presented at the July 16 graduation and prize-giving day.

Due to the high quality of the entries, the Writing Center also recognized some students who didn’t make the top three in each category, but whose essays were equally remarkable and among the top six. Commendation book prizes and certificates went to Mandi Baba Bikoi (JS1), Faith-Emmanuela Idorenyin Akpan (JS1), Iheripuanni Sanga (JS1), Hussaina Abdulraman Jugga (JS2), Sharon Silas Joshua (JS2), Abubakar Haruna (JS2), Amina Ahmed (SS2), Daniella Bai (SS2), and Ummul Sa’ad (SS1).

“Cognizant of their respective levels, we assessed the essays following AUN standards and were extremely impressed by their diction and connections to the topics. It means that the staff and management are doing a great job at the Academy and we commend them,” Mrs. Akpan said, praising the quality of the entries.

The AUN Writing Center plans to make the essay competition a yearly event, while strengthening its collaboration with the Academy.

“We want to encourage the students to read broadly, express themselves in their own way, and identify their respective voices while equally learning that good writing comes with discipline,” Mrs. Akpan explained.

During the Spring and Summer sessions at AUN, SS1 and SS2 students of the Academy were received at the Writing Center, informed  on what the Center is all about, and given engaging practical writing lessons by the Center’s supportive team.

“In subsequent semesters, Mrs. Nkem Uzowulu, the Executive Director of AUN Schools, hopes to have every class visit the Writing Center within an academic session to enable all students understand the importance of mastering the mechanics of the English language, learn  about the rigors associated with writing academic (or non-academic) compositions, and benefit from everything else that we freely offer the entire AUN community,” added Mrs. Akpan.

By Solomon Elusoji

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