A rapturous applause and a standing ovation characterised the atmosphere at the Cedi Auditorium of the University of Health and Allied Sciences on Friday, when a female Medical Student of the school was called onto the stage to receive her 9th academic award at the school's graduation ceremony.
Many were in disbelief, while others looked on in pure admiration for Ms Elizabeth Naa Abiana Morton, a graduate under the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery programme from the School of Medicine, as she clinched the awards, one after the other.
The university, located at Sokode in the Volta Region, also presented 21 other students out of 686 graduates with various academic awards during the institution's 6th Congregation.
Ms Morton took home the Best Graduating Female Student in Community Medicine Award, while also clinching the Best Graduating Student in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medicine and Therapeutics, and Overall Outstanding Graduating Female MBChB student awards.
She was also awarded the Best Graduating Student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Overall Outstanding Graduating MBChB Student.
Ms Morton clinched the Ghana Medical Association prize for Overall Outstanding Graduating MBChB student, the Dean's prize for Overall Outstanding graduating MBCHB student and the Vice-Chancellor's prize for Overall outstanding graduating UHAS student.
In her speech as Valedictorian, Ms Morton expressed gratitude to the university and its faculty for creating an enabling environment for teaching and learning and for nurturing students into professionals.
“One thing UHAS has taught me is to never let anyone tell you you cannot achieve your goals,” she said.
Miss Morton, whose ambition is to be an Ophthalmologist, urged her fellow graduands to go into the world and make a positive change, by effectively applying the skills they had learnt in the university in making the nation and their school proud.
"Let us execute our duties well with the knowledge and excellence we have acquired, to show the world where we are from," she added.
Ms Morton, who was awarded the Overall Best student of the Krobo Girls' Senior High School (SHS), a few years ago, receiving prizes in Integrated Science, Elective Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Social Science, was also adjudged the Overall Best WASSCE student in 2014.
Ms Abiana Morton hails from Odumase- Krobo in the Eastern Region and was born to Mr Samuel Nii-Azumah Morton and Mrs. Comfort Morton as the first of three children.
She had her basic education at GHATECO Primary and Junior High School in Koforidua, where she obtained aggregate Eight in her Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in 2011 and was admitted to the Krobo SHS to study General Science.
While studying at the School of Medicine, UHAS, Ms Morton served actively in church as a Centre Leader and was also a member of her class volleyball team.
She also served as the Vice- President of the Science Club during her SHS education, where she developed an interest in medicine.