By Ebimo Amungo
Boubini Miyensinte Jones-Wonni, a 22 year old Nigerian has not only become the youngest and best graduting student of Howard University she has also won a scholarship to Havard for her residency program in internal medicine
Jones-Wonni was born in Ido-ani, a town in Ondo state , Nigeria, on the 23rd of October 1999 to the family of Dr and Mrs Jones-Wonni. She hails from Arogbo Ese- Odo local government area of Ondo State.
She was a precocious child who gained admission to high school three years before her peers when she sat for and passed the common entrance examinations from Primary three.
While in High school, she continued on the path of hard-work and diligence . As such, she was made the library Prefect. She was awarded a full tuition fee waiver in her final year by the management of the school and subsequently graduated as best graduating student and valedictorian for the graduating class of 2014 at the age of Fourteen (14) in the year 2014.
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Jones-Wonni became a beneficiary of the Special Education Scholarship programme for Niger Delta Students. An initiative of the Presidential Amnesty Programme under the leadership of Hon Kingsley K. Kuku and was sent to the USA to study Medicine and Surgery.
This required her to first complete a first degree in a relevant discipline prior to medical school . Thus she was admitted in Miles College Alabama, U.S.A to obtain a degree in biological sciences. She was able to achieve this in a record three (3) years as opposed to the conventional four (4) years of study.
While in Miles she was the secretary of finance of the Student Government Association ( SGA) , an equivalent of the Student Union Government in tertiary institutions here in Nigeria . She was also a member of Honors groups for distinction students, such as the Beta Kappa Chi Scientific honors society.
At the completion of her studies in 2018 , she was adjudged the best graduating student in the Department of Natural science and Mathematics with a grade point average of 4.0/4.0 and a Co- Valedictorian of the graduating students at the age of Eighteen (18).
Boubini wrote the Medical College Admissions Test ( MCAT) , a pre-requisite test for admission into medical school and scored in the 91st percentile, this means that her score was in the top 9% of all the students who took the examination in the United states of America at the time, and consequently received an invitation to the Howard University Medical School ,in Washington DC to study Medicine in 2018.
With this , she became the first Miles’ student beneficiary of a partnership agreement between Miles College and Howard Medical School which provides the opportunity for top STEM scholars from Miles College to apply to Howard Medical School.
She continued in her sterling academic performance upon commencing medical school and was awarded numerous scholarships the Rana Family scholarship and the E. & M. Prioleau Endowed scholarship.
She also received the Student of the Year award for her work with the Anesthesia and Critical Care Interest Group. She was placed in the top 10% of her class at the end of the first year.
These accolades further spurred her in the second year of medical school during which she received the Dr. Josephus C. and Nellie C. Carr Foundation award for academic achievement. By the end of the 2nd year, she was named the second in her class.
By year 3, she was inducted into the Gamma chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor medical society, an honor that was provided to only three (3) other students at the time. She also received the Auxiliary to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia Scholarship to worthy medical students and the Dr. Louise Maxienne Dargans Fleming Award to a student with academic promise.
By year 4, she was number one in the class and was nominated by her classmates as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society as someone who serves as an exemplars in compassionate patient care.
She eventually graduated on the 6th of May 2022 as the best graduating student in the Howard University Medical School class of 2022, at the age of twenty 22 , and the youngest in the class. She is also one among the only two members of the class admitted to the prestigious HARVARD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL , for residency( Post-graduate ) training in Internal Medicine .
Below is a summary of her awards/ honors
1. The Sterling Lloyd Prize in Clinical Medicine -Awarded to the graduating student who has the highest-grade average in required junior and senior clinical clerkship courses of the medical curriculum
- Howard University Medical Alumni Association Alumni Award – awarded to the student who has attained the highest scholastic average in his/her class
- Michael Oliver Dumas Prize- Awarded to the student with highest cumulative academic average in his/her class
- The O. Anthony Ogundipe, M.D. Endowed Academic Achievement Award – Awarded to the senior student with the highest scholastic achievement in the graduating class
- Dr. M. Wharton Young Prize – Awarded to the senior medical student who has achieved the highest average of scholastic distinction
- Merck Manual Awards- Awarded to the students who have achieved the highest scholastic recorded during their years of medical study
- Department of Medicine
(I) Dr. W. Lester Henry, Jr. Award – Awarded to the most outstanding performance in Medicine
(ii) Dr. John L. Townsend Award – Awarded for the highest score on the National Board of Medical Examiners Subject Examination in Medicine
- Second Highest Clerkship Grade in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Award for the Highest Score on the National Board of Medical Examiners Subject Examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The above were given on the graduation day. Others include ;
Member,Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society |Gamma Chapter, Howard University College of Medicine May 2021 ¨
Recipient of the Auxiliary to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia Scholarship |Howard University College of Medicine |November 2020 ¨
Recipient of Academic Achievement Award for ranking 2nd in the class |Howard University College of Medicine | November 2020 ¨
Recipient of Dr. Josephus C. and Nellie C. Carr Merit Achievement Scholarship |Howard University College of Medicine | March 2020 ¨
Recipient of Rana Family Scholarship |Howard University College of Medicine | November 2019 ¨
Anesthesiology and Critical Care Interest Society Student of the Year Award |Howard University College of Medicine | April 2019 ¨
Co-Valedictorian |Miles College | May 2018 ¨
Best Graduating Student in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics |Miles College | May 2018 ¨
National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAHP) Conference Debate Team |1st and 2nd place | Oct 2016; Oct. 2015 ¨
Member of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honors Society | April 2017 ¨
Recipient of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Birmingham Alumnae Chapter scholarship | May 2017 ¨
Recipient of Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta special scholarship | Jan 2015 – present
Best Graduating Student and class Valedictorian , Word of Faith Group of schools , Abuja 2014 .
SHE IS A PRIDE TO HER FAMILY , THE IJAW LAND , ONDO STATE, NIGER DELTA , NIGERIA AND AFRICA AT LARGE.