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Our Students Defend Top in Nigeria Title in Conrad Challenge; Win $7.2 Million Worth of Scholarship and ₦2.5 Million Cash Prize

For the second consecutive year, three students of our Lekki campus have brought honour to our school and country by securing the overall best-in-Nigeria position in the final stage of the  2024 Regional Conrad Challenge. 

The winners, “Idara Attah, Imabong Apkan-Chinyere and Mirabel Njoku,” competed as “Team Lavendaire” and emerged as the challenge’s winner for creating an innovative phone application with the name “Juiceitup.” This app uses an AI algorithm to recommend personalised juice-making ratios from various fruits to aid patients’ recovery from illnesses.

Their innovative project has earned them scholarships valued at $894,000 and a cash prize of ₦1,500,000. In addition to Team Lavendaire’s achievement, nine other teams from our school who made the finals have collectively received $6,400,000 worth of scholarships. Each member of these teams has been awarded $200,000 in scholarships from Menlo College, Lewis & Clark University, and Clarkson University. Furthermore, Team Mono, the first runner-up team, also from our school has been granted a cash prize of ₦1,000,000.”

The accomplishment of these students follows just a year after another trio from Greensprings, Segun Balogun, Adewale Saliu, and David Onukwugha, attained the overall best-in-Nigeria position in the 2023 Conrad Challenge and represented Nigeria at the Global Conrad Summit at NASA’s Johnson/Kennedy Space Center, USA.

In a statement by our Assistant Principal of Enhancement, Mr Afolabi Amusan, he revealed, “We were mindful of our position as the national winner from 2023 and so we went into this year’s challenge to defend our title. At the finals, we presented 10 teams of 35 students who had qualified from the initial stages of the competition. These students were coached and supported by a team of hardworking and dedicated teachers led by two of the school’s teachers, Mr Aleilo and Mr Raimi.”

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The finalists took their performance a notch higher than the previous year. While Team Lavendaire clinched the overall best-in-Nigeria award, some of the other teams won awards like first runner-up and best in Energy and Environment which was received by Team Mono; best in Aviation and Aerospace by Team Kryptonite; and best in Cyber Technology and Security won by Team Unit.” 

Mr Amusan further disclosed that Team Lavendaire will represent Nigeria in the 2024 Conrad World Summit in April at The Space Center in Houston, USA, in addition to their cash prize and scholarships. He noted that each of the 32 students who made up the other nine finalist teams were awarded $80,000 in Menlo College USA, $60,000 in Lewis & Clark College USA, and $60,000 in Clarkson University USA, making a total of $6,400,000 worth of scholarships. Team Mono, the 1st runner-up team also received a cash prize of ₦1,000,000, while 

Mrs Lai Koiki, our Executive Director was full of accolades to our students and teachers as she congratulated them heartily in her remark about their achievements.

Also, Mrs Feyisara Ojugo, our Deputy Director of Education, expressed immense pride in the students’ achievements, commenting, “This news is worth celebrating. We are very proud of the hard work and effort that went into this year’s challenge. Our sincere appreciation goes to the team of teachers/coaches that worked with our students – Mr Aleilo, Mr Raimi, Mr Oluwadara, Mr Opasina, Mr Adadu and Ms Paseda. Very well done to you!”

“Thank you for supporting our students to achieve this outstanding feat. And very well done to our resilient and industrious students for leveraging this opportunity and their parents for supporting them.” 

She remarked that our school looks forward to celebrating many more achievements.

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In another news, 5 teams of 15 students from our Anthony campus participated in the 2023/2024 Global Conrad Challenge and made it to the innovation stage where they received the Conrad Innovators badge of excellence. The badge of excellence has been bestowed upon them as an honour that can be carried throughout their educational journeys as a source of pride and ownership in achieving a new standard of entrepreneurship.

The Conrad Challenge is a purpose-driven innovation competition designed to create the next generation of entrepreneurs who will change the world. It presents a unique opportunity for ingenious young minds in the country to collaborate, brainstorm and come up with STEM-enabled innovations/inventions with market potential.

 

 

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