Benue State-born Samuel Nder has become the overall best scholar in the 2014 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Nder scored A1 in all his eight subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
By this accomplishment, the 18-year-old has become the current holder of WAEC’s national distinction/merit award instituted by the council in 1984 to encourage academic excellence.
The authorities of the West African Examinations Council honoured Nder and two other pupils on Thursday in Akure, Ondo State.
The other two national distinction/merit award winners are Miss Mildred Oguejiofor and Quadri Raji.
The duo also scored A1 in all their eight subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Nder, who attended Vaatia College, Makurdi, Benue State with examination number 4081345/036, also had A1 in Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Biology. He had a cumulative score of 659.9318.
The lad, whose feat has made Vaatia College to become the 2014 winner of the Omo N’Oba Erediauwa trophy for producing the best male WASSCE candidate, is currently studying Software Engineering at the Saint Petersburg Electro-Technical University, Russia.
Anambra State-born Oguejiofor, who sat for the examination at Marist Comprehensive College, Nteje, with examination number 4052015/097, obtained A1 in Data Processing, Economics, Civic Education, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
The 18-year-old with a total score of 648.5706, has also placed her school on the excellence radar. Her school has become the 2014 Omo N’Oba Erediauwa trophy holder for producing the best female WASSCE candidate.
She is currently studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
On the WAEC’s third placed National Distinction/Merit award chart is 17-year-old, Raji.
Raji, who garnered a cumulative score point of 640.2125, studied at St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos.
Apart from English and Mathematics, he also obtained A1 in Computer Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Civic Education and Christian Religious Studies.
Born on November 22, 1998, Raji is presently Studying Petroleum Engineering at the University of Lagos.
To be considered for the 31-year-old distinction award, a candidate must obtain Grade 1 in at least seven subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, one of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and one subject from any of the three sub-categories of core subjects.
In addition, the candidate must obtain a minimum of Grade 6 in at least one subject from each of the core subject sub-categories.
Candidates are considered under the Merit awards only if enough participants do not qualify for the distinction awards. The eligibility criteria for the Merit awards are the same as those of Distinction awards, except that a candidate must obtain a grade not lower than 2 in English Language.
The results of candidates eligible for an award should have been obtained at the first attempt and at the same sitting. The grades would also have been obtained without any hint of impropriety.
The first National Distinction/Merit awards were presented in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 1985 to the winners in the Nov/Dec 1984 SC/GCE, with Abdulkadir Sarki-Abba, a pupil of Government Science School, Dawakin-Tofa, Kano State, receiving the excellence award.