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Jul 4, 2023

  • Kamsiyochukwu Umeh, a student at Deeper Life High School, emerged as the top scorer in Nigeria’s recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), with an outstanding score of 360 out of 400. A mix of disciplined preparation, consistent practice, and unyielding faith, coupled with the unrelenting support from her school and family, were pivotal in her success. Umeh is an aspirant for Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Akoka, with an ambition to bring positive change to the industry.

At a tender age of 16, the leading candidate in the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), Miss Kamsiyochukwu Umeh, has made national headlines with her stellar performance. Originally from Anambra State, Kamsiyochukwu, fondly known as Kamsi, scored an impressive 360 out of 400 marks in the examination. A student of Deeper Life High School in Mowe, Ogun State, she is not only academically gifted but also serves as a testament to the value of discipline, hard work, and family support. Kamsi, the eldest in a family of four, shares with us her path to success.

Taking the Plunge as a Student

Kamsi’s journey began when her school registered her and her classmates for the UTME, enabling them to sit for the exam during the second and third term break. She acknowledges that the UTME can be challenging but insists that it is not an insurmountable task. Instead, she advocates that the key to success lies in diligent preparation and a positive attitude.

Preparation: The Key to Success

Kamsi’s preparation for the UTME started the moment she entered SSS3, the senior year of high school. Her school played an instrumental role in her journey, providing a series of tests and classes to prepare the students for the exam. Additionally, students were given access to an app, Test Driller, which contained past UTME questions for practice and offered the option to take mock exams.

She credits the successful outcome to the continuous support and motivation from her school. The teachers’ pep talks and constant encouragement to persevere were a significant part of her preparation process.

The Joy of Triumph

Upon receiving her outstanding UTME scores, Kamsi was filled with immense joy and pride. The news of being the highest-scoring candidate was almost unbelievable to her, and she could barely contain her happiness. Her parents were equally ecstatic about her success. The family’s excitement was a testament to their unwavering belief in her abilities.

Secrets to Academic Achievement

When asked about the secrets to her academic feat, Kamsi attributes her success to multiple factors. At the forefront is her faith in God, followed by consistent practice of past questions, attentive participation in classes, and her teachers’ immense sacrifices. She also emphasized the importance of discipline and an environment that discourages shortcuts to success.

Moreover, Kamsi’s parents played a significant role in her journey. Despite her boarding school setup, they constantly reached out to her, providing words of encouragement and support, which she regards as an essential factor in her academic achievement.

Future Aspirations

Kamsi has set her sights on the University of Lagos, Akoka, where she intends to pursue Chemical Engineering. Her love for Chemistry and fascination with working in an industry or a factory have drawn her towards this field.

Looking ahead, she envisions herself as a successful graduate, having completed her master’s and PhD abroad, ten years from now. She cites Pastor (Dr) W.F. Kumuyi, the proprietor of her school, and Dr Ben Carson as her role models.

Words of Advice

As a testament to the value of hard work, diligence, and family support, Kamsi has a word of advice for students aspiring to achieve similar feats. She urges them to prepare early, avoid distractions, and not look for shortcuts. She emphasizes the importance of trust in God and the value of quality education.

A Proud Father Reflects

Kamsi’s father, Uzonna Umeh, expresses his pride and joy at his daughter’s achievement. He fondly recollects her consistent academic performance from a young age and shares the family’s journey of choosing the right school for her. He praises Deeper Life High School for their commitment to quality education and holistic child development.

Academic Excellence: A School-Wide Affair

Pastor Eze Emmanuel, the School Administrator of Deeper Life High School, speaks highly of Kamsi and her commitment to academic excellence. He mentions that Kamsi is not the only high-performing student in the school, highlighting the school’s robust educational program that combines moral, spiritual, and academic excellence with zero tolerance for exam malpractice. Their success, as he explains, is a result of fostering holistic excellence, discipline, honesty, hard work, and integrity in their students.

In conclusion, Kamsi’s achievement is a testament to the power of discipline, hard work, family support, and a robust educational program. Her story serves as an inspiration to all young students aiming for academic excellence.

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