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Where Olympic champions washed pigs

By Mike Kihaki | Thursday, Mar 16th 2017 at 07:24
Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot and Janeth Jepkosgei went to Sing'ore Girls High School

Some tourists were on adventure tour along the Kerio Valley Road when they heard blaring sound from a saw mill, or so the story goes. To locals, it was king’ora, Swahili for siren. But these jungus, all they heard was as Sing’ora and hence the name Sing’ore, and the school with the eponymous name now synonymous with athletic prowess.

‘Ngaville’ as it is nicknamed, has also been an academic giant in Elgeyo Marakwet under Principal Rose Kimutai Koech. Students call her ‘Kardashian.’ These students also board ‘Baby Boo’ the school bus for bonding sessions with boys at St Patrick’s Iten, their brother school, three kilometres away.

Most girls enjoy rice and beef stew on Wednesday and Fridays, but hate Murram (Githeri) served on Tuesdays. More hated too is the punishment of cleaning school pigs!

Notable alumni guided by the motto ‘Diligent pursuit of virtues’ include champion athletes; 5000m Olympic gold medalist Vivian Cheruiyot, 800m Olympic silver medalist and world champion Janeth Jepkosgei, Olympic 3000m steeple chase silver medalist Hyvin Kiyeng, world Cross Country champion Viola Kibiwott, Cross Country and marathon ace Lydia Cheromei and 10,000m world champion, Sally Barsosio (the youngest ever at 14 in 1993).

All these world beaters were nurtured by ‘Kardashian’ including 800m world youth champion Winny Jebet and 3000m youth world champion Sally Chepyego.

Others who wore white blouse with green skirts include Nominated Senator Naisula Lesuuda, Dr Risper Serem, lecturer Egerton University, Dr Dinah Mwinzi, the Principal Secretary Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority.

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