Opined by many Western Regional inhabitants, and outsiders considerably as the best school in the Western part of Ghana, Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) continues to register its name in the world of international competition, affiliation, and portfolios. The school is also known for its remarkable record of producing excellent graduates who later become Giants, legends and backbone of the Ghanaian, African and Global economy.
It is not surprising that the school registered its name in the Science and Maths Quiz’s Champions Book of Records in 2012, and rose to produce a student with the highest average score in the 2014 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Following the success journey, one of its instrumental students, Dr. Sam Johnson who graduated in 1976 has registered his name in the Liberty University, Virginia, Althletic Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 captured representatives from football, baseball, men’s basketball, men’s track and field, men’s soccer and women’s track and field.
Meanwhile, Johnson was among the six-member class who received special recognition and honour during the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which recently took place on the third floor of the Montview Student Union.
Information available on the Liberty University ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME Website About Dr Samuel Johnson Reads
“Samuel Johnson is one of the most decorated players in men’s soccer history, joining fellow Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame selection Paul Annan as the program’s only other two-time All-American.
Johnson was the second men’s soccer player to earn All-America honors, doing so at the NCAA Division II level in 1985 and 1986. He was also named to the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association first-team three times (1984-86) and was a two-time selection to the NSCAA South Atlantic All-Region squad (1985-86).
As a defender, Johnson led the Flames in scoring during the 1985 campaign, netting 10 goals while adding two assists to tally 22 points as a junior. Liberty finished the 1985 season with a 14-2-3 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Virginia State Intercollegiate Tournament. Liberty’s 14 victories is tied for the program record for victories in a season.
The Ghana native helped Liberty post 27 shutouts during his three seasons on the pitch with the Flames. Liberty recorded 12 shutouts in 1985, setting a new program record that has only been matched by the 2009 team. Liberty allowed 11 goals in 1985, the third fewest in a season in program history.”
Dr. Johnson’s efforts in raising the flag of GGTS cannot be overemphasized, as seen in his service to the school as a footballer during his period of studentship, and currently a strong supporter of the school’s Alumni Association.
On top of that, he served the Western Region in the area of sports (football) as a great player of Sekondi Hasaacas.
As an Emergency Room Physician in Arizona, USA, the Giant was a chair of the GSTS Alumni Association (GAA), North America Chapter, and has served on the Board of Trustees for several years.
In other news, At the just ended Shenyang Aerospace International Students Matriculation and International College Student of the Year ceremony, Austin McHaizel, one of GSTS old students studying at the Shenyang Aerospace University clinched the top accolade as ‘Academic Model Student of the Year’.