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An American teenager of Nigerian origin Ikechukwu Nwachukwu Dikko has not only clinched awards in his elite high school, Notre Dame High School in Connecticut but also in the White House.
Fondly called “professor” both at home and in school not because he has attained an envious academic status and being the best soccer and basketball player in high school, but for the excellence Ikechukwu exudes in speech and actions.
His latest win is “The Presidential Award For Elite Scholarship In America and the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy”.
The presidential award is given to youngsters who distinguish themselves in scholarly endeavors while the Seal is awarded to students of Notre Dame proficient in at least eight foreign languages.
Ikechukwu whose father once sought to become the governor of Connecticut on the platform React Party, speaks 10 languages, including Igbo, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, and German.
The glitz and buzz that hitherto were the icing on the achievements were lost this year to the Coronavirus pandemic. But the White House and Notre Dame were not ready to let the virus have an upper hand. They sent delegations on different dates to deliver the awards in the homes of the awardees.
White House, in a letter personally signed by President Donald Trump, and sent to the awardees, described Ikechukwu as a high academic flyer destined to achieve greatness in life.
Notre Dame, from where Ikechukwu would be proceeding to the college this fall, said it was not surprised by the ability of Ikechukwu and other awardees in attaining the feat.
In a brief chat with The Nation, Ikechukwu, whose ambition is to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), said the awards have motivated him to “keep striving for greater success’’ in his academic pursuits.