By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Mamfe-Akuapem, May 22, GNA - Mamfe Methodist Girls High School (MEGHISS) is planning a rousing welcome for its students that won the 2019 world Robofest competition held in Michigan, USA.
They beat about six countries including; Japan, Korea, China, South Africa, Mexico and the USA.
The MEGHISS team made up of 10 SHS one and two students with two coordinators including; an old girl 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 girl and Mr Ben Amoako.
An elated headmistress of the school, Mrs Sylvia laryea in an interview with GNA shortly after the school was announced as winners, said their continuous exploits at the international stage reinforced that all investment in girls in the science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) and empowerment was worth it.
Giving the Genesis of the competition, she said due to the strong interest her students showed in the sciences, the team in one of the their usual researches goggled and came across the competition and right away started preparation towards participating in the national contest.
She said they didn’t perform well at the competition held at the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre (KAIPTC) due to the fact that they did not have enough kicks which was the fundamental tool in advancing in the Robotics.
However, she said the school launched a campaign to solicit for support to get enough kicks for the team and fortunately a parent donated one to them while the Methodist Church Ghana also gave them another one adding “with the two additional kicks, my girls led by the coordinators began an intensive work and that has brought us this far”
She said Robotics was an expensive venture as every aspect of its progression required money to advance, “but the zeal of the teachers, coordinators and the students themselves motivated us to go every length to get the support needed for them”
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.