The victorious Basketball team of Opoku Ware School that won the just ended national sprite-ball Championship were honoured last week (25th February, 2017) by the Global Executive Committee (NEC ) of Opoku Ware Old Boys Association at the School’s Quadrangle and infront of the huge crowd that had gathered for the home coming of the the AO/AT300+ group; students, Old Boys, Teaching and Non-teaching staff, Parents and the Media.
This was part of various forms of awards the AO/AT300+ group sponsored and the awards given to deserving students and staff, whilst Movie House Plaza (owned by Kat. David Amoo-Osae Jr,(AM108, Treasurer) sponsored an award of a Six (6) day all-expenses paid holiday package to South Africa$2500 for the most outstanding teacher. This was part of the group’s silver jubilee as well as other year groups like AB, BM year groups who all unveiled various projects done for the school.
Three projects were inspected by the dignitaries, inaugurated and handed over to the school. They are a new science and maths laboratory (Cost: GHS100,000) and the renovated office of the Assistant Headmaster(Academic) (GHS14,000), both of which were renovated by the AO/AT300+ group, and the renovated Soweto classroom block by the AB group. The group has adopted the block and has so far spent GHS70,000, with a further GHS30,000 to be spent in the short to medium term. This was followed by photographs on the foyer steps and then lunch at the dining hall, sponsored by the school.
The BM group, celebrating five years of leaving OWASS, donated musical instruments to the school worth GHS3000.
A statement released by the Akatakyie NEC explained thus ” It was the same principle that motivated us to honour and award the basketball team that won the 2016 Sprite National Basketball competition. Aside providing the desperately needed physical infrastructure on campus, we believe that the fraternity should be looking in the direction of rewarding and inspiring excellence in every facet of student life on campus, because that is the fundamental rock on which the school’s reputation rests”.
Each Basket Ball player was given 200 Ghana cedis and a beautiful certificate with the coaches getting an amount of 300 Ghana cedis with certificates as well.
Overall, NEC on behalf of the association spent GHS8, 861.44 on homecoming-related matters.
Katakyie Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, Secretary to the Akatakyie NEC said “Old Boys are committed to giving back to the school as OWASS has made us who we are.”
“The Basket Ball team made us proud as they never gave up after placing fourth in the last edition held in 2015 but went on to clench the ultimate and this is what the Katakyie Spirit stands for”.
“NEC will continue to support the school in all aspects to achieve beautiful things like this to ensure OWASS gets to the level we all want to see” he continued.
Mr. Kwame Bugyei (Katakyie) who spoke on behalf of the Coaches expressed their profound gratitude to the Old Boys Executive Body and promised not to relent on their efforts but use this as a spring board to push the school to a greater standard in terms of Inter Colleges and Schools Sports.
In attendance was Katakyie Jacob Osei Yeboah (JOY) a guest of honour; the only independent candidate in the 2016 Presidential Elections and a representative of the Bantamahene, Katakyie Baffour Amakwatiah VI as the Special Guest of Honour.