High School is one of the best and yet most challenging times in the life of a young person. The ‘welcome to the best 3 years of your life’ mantra fits as those three years could shape one’s career and entire life.
This year marks the second annual High Schools Society Standout Honors, and we have introduced 4 new categories of game-changers. Together, they are 25 in total across four sectors: art & style, media, entrepreneurship and academia . Meet the class of 2020, a stellar collection of high school innovators changing the face of high school education in Ghana.
Please note, this list is in no particular order as all members on the list receive the same honorary recognition from High Schools Society and its affiliates.
Malcom Nuna, Ghana National College
Malcolm Nunana Hehetror, known professionally as Malcolm Nuna, is a Ghanaian musician, songwriter, and rapper. He hails from Hohoe in the Volta Region (Ghana) and lives at Spintex. A final year student of Ghana National College. He has been doing music since age 8. Malcolm Nuna is currently working hard to bring out his debut album next year, and reports say he is working with some known faces in the industry which he wants to keep a secret for now. He is on the Alkians Entertainment label and is managed by Abongo Jnr.
Damalie Gilbert Elorm, Emit Electronics Institute
Damalie Gilbert Elorm is a 19-year old student at Emit Electronics Institute (EEI) in Accra Ghana. He offers electrical engineering and is in his third year. He likes music and singing but loves photography. He has been a lover of photography since childhood. He appeared in High School Magazine’s Explore! photo yearbook in 2019 and has worked with the High School Broadway Drama Festival. He is currently the official photographer for Inside Ghana High School Magazine, a magazine publishing and talent hunting entity in Ghana.
Sandra Boateng Amponsah, Accra Wesley Girls Senior High School
Senior Prefect and Regional President of the Greater Accra Regional Representative Council
Sandra Boateng Amponsah is a student of Accra Wesley Girls Senior High School and the 35th and the first female regional president of the Greater Accra Students Representative Council. She loves to encourage young women to reach for male dominated positions. She is passionate about Sustainable Development Goal 5 and strives to give women and children a voice in the community.
GOD.M.O, Presbyterian Boys Senior High School
GOD.M.O is an upcoming rapper and singer from PRESEC Legon. He is arguably one of the high school hit-makers when it comes to music. Early this year, he released the talked about song about COVID19 titled ‘Lord Forgive Us’.
Angela Maame Ama Benewaa, Nsaba Presbyterian Senior High School
Angela Maame Ama Benewaa, popularly known as Maame Ama to her mates won the Maiden Edition of the Ghana High School Fashion Week, an annual event that is meant to promote creativity, fashion, art and culture among high school students by Model TV Ghana on the 4th January 2020 at the Triple Hill Hotel. She is a student of Nsaba Presbyterian Senior High School in the Agona East District in Central Region. Her advise to the youth is that they should make their passion their topmost priority because whatever gift they are made of would make them shine and get to wherever they dream of getting to. She also said the youth shouldn’t consider where they come from or where they are but should work harder and always strive for the best.
Jackline Mensah, Presbyterian Senior High School, Teshie
Comedienne/Social Media Influencer
Jackline Mensah has come out to be Ghana’s most hilarious TikTok video maker. Jackline started her videos only in March 2019 but she has become a celebrity with her art, constantly putting laughter on many faces – The amazing teenager indicates that she draws her inspiration from everyday events that happen around her. With over 145k followers and 1Million+ likes on the platform, Jackline has carved a niche for herself.
Lorraine Comfort Damenguah, Ghana National College
Lorraine, a student at the Ghana National College, is one of the innovative high school folks you can ever find and her passion to make an impact so strong. During this lockdown of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic when it was easy to be sidetracked, she began something interesting. It is an online discussion segment called Time With The Pros. Held in a WhatsApp group created for that purpose, students are invited to join via a group invite link, that is, after they have registered to participate. She is also an enterpreneur, forming a voluntering community.
Eric Amenu Bedzoe, Adisadel College
Eric is a final year student of Adisadel College and an artist. His works as a pencil artist has not been disrupted by the Coronavirus lockdown. His passion drives him to treat his followers to beautiful arts and drawings. His interest in pencil work began when he was in basic 4 and has carried it through. The support of his father and teachers has been instrumental in his journey and he has no plans of stopping.
Theresah Naa Ayorkor Yemoh, Achimota School
Naa Ayorkor, a second year student of Achimota School will make you think again the next time you visit the boutique or the clothing shop. Her love for African prints is infectious. And guess, what? She does it so well. When High School Magazine asked her what makes her take such a course, she said, ‘Africa is my continent of origin. She is that which gives me hope and a sense of belonginess and so my motive for taking pictures in African print is to sell our culture out to the world and what I do is an exception because very few youths patronize prints due to it’s cost. And most people relent to modern fashion designs but I’m a go-getter and I want to be extraordinary. My aim is to make this wordly know and so it will take a long time, determination and patience to take this a long way. And I guess I’m ready for that”.
Abena Supremo, Efutu Senior High School
Abena Supremo is a rapper and musician hailing from Efutu Senior High School. She considers herself the youngest Female Rapper & Songwriter in Ghana and raps in a unique. Her latest song dubbed COVID-19 which she made in freestyle mode has already dragged on the attention of music lovers due to the unique style it has. She inspires this generation in that she does not let her circumstances determine her output.
Jesse Sackey, Adisadel College
Jesse Sackey, popularly known as Director Twist , is a young videographer, director, editor, writer, photographer and a video creator. The 16 year old is the writer and director of the popular motivational series called “YES I CAN ” on YouTube . The aim of the series is to motivate people who think they can’t make it to the top due to inadequate resources and other stuff . He is a form 1 student at Adisadel College. He has edited a lot of videos which are now viral and enjoyed by all teenagers.
Don Elvi, Opoku Ware School
Don Elvi is known in real life as Solomon Yeboah. He had his primary and Junior High education at New Life International School as he got admission at Opoku Ware School. He grew the love for music at a very tender age as he listened to music during his leisure times,doing karaokes and being creative. He had his first studio session when he was in primary 6 as he got signed to Corazon Entertainment outdooring himself ith a major freestyle titled “Dangote“. He then officially on August 9, 2019 came out with his first single under the label — “Balling”. He has been tagged as one of the most promising young rappers to prove the rap industry is still high in Ghana.
Neldrick Kwame Sackey, Our Lady of Grace Senior High School
Neldrick Kwame Sackey is s student of Our Lady of Grace Senior High School. At 17, he is a Blogger and A Digital Marketer. He uses his platform to promote high school artistes. at www.highskullmusicgh.com. He has a personal blog where he writes about Ghanaian celebrities, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and technology which is kwamemotion.com.
Emenyo Afi Nutakor, Akosombo International School
Basically she’s in Akosombo International School as a final year senior. She tries to inspire people through poetry. She’s also an active member of the Model UN and just the person who is frets over the sight of the youth straying away from their morals, so she tries to reel them back in with her words. Her poetry is inspirational and just one to reflect over. She has a blog as well and is an avid writer.
Angela Sika Atta-Bentum, Atchbishop Porter Girls Senior High School
Angela is the founder of Nana Sika Foundation, a charity organization which helps the needy in society. She is very passionate about the work she does. Even though she is a teenager, she does everything possible to keep the foundation standing through thick and thin. Her Foundation is unique in the sense that is has other high schoolers as members and volunteers.
Baah-Nyarko Emmanuel, Kumasi High School
Emmanuel is a student leader with big ambitions in life. He is the founder of Smile Infection, a non-profit aimed at putting smiles on the faces of especially young people through giving, sharing and making an impact. As student leader, his goal to draw people to himself in order to have a positive influence on them is noteworthy and is reflected by the Smile Infection organisation.
Maame Adwoa Sam, Akosombo International School
Maame Adwoa Sam is a 16 year-old student at Akosombo International School. She is a very ambitious and determined person, kind hearted and influences everyone around her positively, and tries as much as possible to enable people bring out their talents by motivating them. Her brand AFRIKA is a business she setup to make what everyone desires and likes in African print material including durags, nose masks, and other wonderful stuff. Maame Adwoa Sam serves as inspiration to other young people like her and has influenced many young people to try and start something of our own.
Fige Xorse Deegbe, Achimota School
Fige is a versatile personality. He is into music, precisely drums and also has a growing photography and film making brand with which he does amazing stuff with. Fige Xorse Deegbe is a film cinematographer and photographer . He is also the founder and CEO of Revamp Studios. Fige is ever ready to give anything a shot. He doesn’t rest on his laurels but tries to get it better after every attempt. He has made a documentary on the effects of of the Corona virus titled ” Vivid Ad Modum”. He went out of his way to do this great documentary, something not so many can pull off.
Elorm Lumor, Achimota School
Elorm Lumor popularly known as Luel by his peers is a young photographer, cinematographer and a graphic designer and is very hardworking. He started his career at the age of 16 years. Luel also loves to be taught new things when ever he meets people who have more experience in photography, cinematography and graphic designing to get better and better everyday. In 2019 he officially founded Bellystudios. He is very passionate and has an exhibition on art and photography coming soon.
Lisa Quama, Ghana National College
Lisa is a prolific dancer and has inspired many girls with her dance over the years and is a member of the DWP Academy. She inspires a lot of people with her dance and is easy going. What makes Lisa unique is the fact that she does music as well. In mid 2020, she featured on Malcom Nuna’s hit song Que Sera Sera which still rings aloud. Probably her rap skills is her side-power.
Liya Dances, Achimota School
Liya dances is a dancer, a YouTuber and a photo model. She is also a member of the DWP Academy of dancers and very influential. Her presence on Youtube as a vlogger makes her unique and shows how versatile she can be as well.
Danita(Afronita), Wesley Girls High School
Another dancer who brings inspiration is Danita. What is unique about her? She adds character and art to it. Her social media platforms reveal dancing in a unique way which inspires her fellow students. She is also a member of the SkyGirls movement and serves as an editor for the SkyGirl Magazine.
Dennis Johnson, Presbyterian Boys Senior High School
Dennis Johnson is popularly known as D. Jay. He is an amazing act when it comes to music. His contribution to the student community through music is a noteworthy one. His popularity is not just complimentary but active as he uses his music to inspire and motivate young and upcoming acts like himself. His recent single ‘JOY’ is still making waves and proves he is in it to win it.
Michael Dery, Akosombo International School
Michael is the SRC President of Akosombo International School and has devoted his time both on his books and the school being the SRC President. Michael has made an impact on students in the school by organising some events like retreats and other social events. He shapes how people act or how things occur positively. He is a charming young man who devotes his time into the betterment of the lives of the people around him. Being the President of the Student Representative Council in his school, Akosombo International School, he possesses great leadership skills and noteworthy charisma. Additionally, he is the founder of DMT Photography, a photography firm.
Nasha and Tasha Serwaa-Bonsu, Yaa Asantewaa Girls Senior High School
Nasha and Tasha are the founders of CHRISserby Culture Clothing line. CHRISserby Culture is street clothing line that show cases our individual “culture”. They are inspired by teens(youth) who have amazing dreams and stories to tell and help them to express themselves through the designs they put on their shirts etc. They officially opened on the 23rd of December 2019. CHRISserby is made up name which means It is the new Culture. They have had a lot of challenges so far (from finances to getting sales and even support from some family members) and still have them but that now they have found ways to go around the problems and do what they want to do. Currently they are sponsoring Smile Infection with their project of donating free face masks to the street kids.