School Named After Missionary Graduates First Class

Graduates of the Ron Wilmot Comprehensive Seminary Secondary School in Nigeria .Source: United Methodist News

This autumn marked the graduation of the first class of students from Ron Wilmot Comprehensive Seminary Secondary School, near Pero Shonge Local Government Area, within Nigeria’s Gombe State.

Nearby, on the same day, the conference dedicated its first guesthouse, which will serve United Methodists arriving for mission work.

The school is named after a late United Methodist missionary from Iowa Ron Wilmot, from 2002-2008, spent every summer in Nigeria, teaching science and digging wells. Additionally, Wilmot is credited with bringing refrigeration to rural medical clinics, to preserve medications and vaccines.

The school opened in November 2015, with 15 girls and 10 boys as students. Despite widespread economic challenges, the school has not only remained open but also strengthened in its academic and extracurricular offerings.

During the graduation ceremony, Dr. Rhoda Manzo, principal, said, “a step in achieving our dream of providing quality education at an affordable rate for the members of the church and community at large.”

The bishop awarded several student awards. Anna Tanko received the school’s best overall student based on grades and Peninnah Habilia, named the school’s “head girl” based on grade-point average. Both Tanko and Habilia were among the commencement speakers at the graduation ceremony.

The school is supported through a generous partnership from McEachern United Methodist Church and Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church in the North Georgia Conference. Additional support has been received from the Iowa Conference and the Welt Mission in Germany.

Currently, the school’s amenities include: an administrative building, two classroom buildings with three classrooms each, separate hostels for girls and boys, an athletic field and a garden/agricultural area.

Source: United Methodists News