Accra, May 31, GNA - Miss Hillary Yayra Ackah, a pupil of the Osu Home Junior High School, has been adjudged winner of the grand price of the 2015 MoneyGram “Awaa waa Back to School Essay Competition”.
Miss Ackah took home a cash prize of GH¢ 3,500.00 and MoneyGram school souvenirs whilst the Osu Home JHS was presented with a prize of GH¢10,000.00 to support the library project outlined in Miss Ackah's winning essay.
Miss Irene Mensah Aboagye of Bishop Owusu Girls School, who was adjudged the first runner up received GH¢ 3,000, whilst Miss Harriet Kyeremaa Asomah also of the school took home GH¢ 2,500.00.
The 2015 “Awaa waa Back to School Essay Competition,” was launched in September last year for basic school children from 12 to 16 years to write an essay on the topic: “What will you do for your school with GH¢ 10,000.”
Thirteen other winners from basic schools in Accra, Sogakofe, Berekum, Kumasi, Sunyani and Suhum also received GH¢ 1,000.00 and MoneyGram souvenirs.
The competition was launched to encourage basic school intellectuals to improve their writing skills.
Mrs Gifty Dwomoh of Access Bank who presented the awards admonished the pupils not to be complacent but aim high in life to make the efforts of their parents worthwhile.
Mrs Dwomoh noted that MoneyGram and partner banks have donated a number of school items to deprived schools in various regions.
She praised parents and teachers for their hardwork and in ensuring the successful education of pupils in their care.
MoneyGram provides remittance services in partnership with 22 partner banks and is available in more than 2000 locations nationwide.
The Regional Director for MoneyGram Anglophone West Africa, Mrs Kemi Okusanya encouraged all students to read more.
She said MoneyGram in collaboration with its partner banks had collaborated with Junior Graphic over the last three years to raise the standard of education and literacy in deprived schools.