Nineteen-year-old Nuka bags science dux award


GORDON Secondary School on Friday recognised 315 grade 12 students for the 2020 academic year after their national examinations.
Among them was Kate Nuka, 19, from Jiwaka and Southern Highlands who bagged the Science dux award.
Nuka got first placing in language and literature, advance mathematics, chemistry and physics.
She aims to do science foundation at the University of Papua New Guinea and study medical science next year.
Nuka thanked all her hardworking teachers for guiding her throughout the academic year and thanked her family for bringing her this far.
School principal George Wek Kenega thanked the students for completing the year despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This year’s grade 12’s have gone through a lot because of the pandemic,” Kenega said.
“It’s like they have been in school for only three terms.”
He said the school had to conduct afternoon and weekend classes for the students to cover lessons missed during the lockdown.
“Although we were not able to cover all lessons missed, we tried our best some of the lessons to help students sit for their exams,” Kenega said. He told the students to stay out of trouble awaiting their results for next year.
Meanwhile, two students were awarded International Training Institute (ITI) study scholarships for next year. ITI corporate and marketing manager Semi Rose awarded the scholarships to Anderson Steven and McMillan Wanis. Rose said the scholarships were given by the institution every year. “There is a K300,000 worth of scholarships every year given out to secondary schools in National Capital District (NCD), Central, Lae, Kimbe, Alotau, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Kavieng and Kiunga and your school is always a recipient of that scholarship,” she said.

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