Two outstanding members of the University of Ghana’s Pax Romana have been recognized as valedictorians during the institution’s recent graduation ceremonies.
Mr. Gabriel Atampugre Atampugbire, an alumnus of Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School, Novrongo, and Mr. Paul Sabogu, a product of St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary in the Upper West Region, distinguished themselves through their exceptional achievements at both academic and community endeavors.
Profile of Mr. Gabriel Atampugre Atampugbire
Saturday, 27th January, 2024
Gabriel Atampugre Atampugbire, is an alumnus of Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School, Novrongo. He studied Science at the senior high school and that is where his love for Science developed.
This passion for Biology motivated him to pursue Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is graduating with First Class Honours at the School of Biological Sciences with a Final Grade Point Average of 3.87.
At Notre Dame Minor Seminary Senior High School, a unique experience that sparked his curiosity and passion for Biology was when he first observed microorganisms through a microscope. With that curiosity in mind, he is always trying to understand how these microorganisms, though very small, can interact and cause diseases in the human body.
Therefore, choosing to pursue a major in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology was a decision he carefully and consciously made to satisfy this interest. Gabriel’s interest in science and ambition to become a scientist ultimately motivated him to choose the University of Ghana because of the University’s commitment to becoming a world- class research-intensive institution, providing an enabling environment for cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching.
Gabriel is also passionate about environmental sustainability and due to that he has actively. contributed to the University of Ghana Plastic Waste Recycling Project. In that project, he engaged in educating communities on plastic waste reduction and participated in clean-up activities to reduce the amount of plastic waste in our environment.
Driven by a passion for great leadership, Gabriel participated in the 2023 Aspire Leaders Programme at the Aspire Institute, where he engaged in immersive learning and mentoring experiences to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. He is currently a National Service Personnel at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious
Pathogens (WACCBIP), where he is involved in research activities on infectious diseases.
Gabriel is looking forward to becoming a Virologist with a specialization in drug discovery, to contribute to innovative ideas and solutions for the treatment of infectious diseases. Grabriel enjoys reading about scientific discoveries and plays soccer during his leisure hours.
Profile of Mr. Paul Sabogu
Friday, 26th January, 2024 (Third Session)
Mr. Paul Sabogu is a product of St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary at the Upper West Region, where he pursued General Arts with electives in Economics, Geography, French and History.
His academic journey has been marked by multiple awards. In his second year of senior high school, he received the overall best student accolade in History and excelled as the leading General Art student in Integrated Science.
These achievements highlight his proficiency in both the sciences and humanities. Mr. Sabogu continued to excel in his final year of senior high school where he was recognised as the best student in English and Economics within his General Art class, further establishing his academic prowess.
Admitted to the University of Ghana in 2019, Mr. Paul Sabogu pursued a Bachelor of Science in Administration with an Accounting Major and graduated as the top student in his class, achieving an outstanding Final Grade Point Average of 3.98.
Beyond academic excellence, Mr. Sabogu has shown a steadfast commitment to leadership and community service. His notable roles include serving as the Senior Prefect at Sakana Junior High School and holding positions such as President of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) and Financial Secretary for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) at St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary.
He further served as the Financial Secretary for the Pax Romana Men’s Commission, Legon Local. He is a member of the Finance Committee and currently serves as the Financial Advisor to the Youth Committee at St. Michael Catholic Church, Sakana. Mr. Sabogu has demonstrated a strong commitment to societal impact by co-founding the Enos Impact Organization in October 2023.
The Organisation aims to extend financial support and promote financial literacy among students in underserved communities in the Upper West Region. Additionally, he actively participates as a member of the LoveTouch Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to aiding the sick, poor, and needy, which affirms Paul’s commitment to community service.
With a vision to delve deeper into the field of Finance and Economics, Mr. Paul Sabogu aspires to make substantial contributions in these disciplines in the foreseeable future.