As­pir­ing Doc­tor Thanks Grandpa

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MERE SATAKALA SUVA

When Los­alini Rabuku was awarded third place in a chem­istry awards cat­e­gory yes­ter­day, you could tell it was a mo­ment she’d cher­ish for a long time. Los­alini was one of the win­ners in the an­nual Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety of the South Pa­cific (CSSP) awards held at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Lau­cala Cam­pus. The Year 11 stu­dent of Saraswati Col­lege came from hum­ble be­gin­nings, hav­ing been raised by her pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents when her par­ents di­vorced at a young age.

Los­alini took third prize for top scorer in the Cen­tral Divi­sion for the in­ter­me­di­ate cat­e­gory. The win­ner for this cat­e­gory in the Cen­tral Divi­sion was Ase­naca Liku­tokalau of Bal­lan­tine Me­mo­rial School. In sec­ond place was Sweteshna Ku­mar of Ma­hatma Ghandi Me­mo­rial School.

Los­alini, from Tailevu, was over­whelmed with the award, know­ing that this feather in her aca­demic achieve­ments would au­gur well for her as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing a doc­tor.

“It’s the first time I’ve taken part and I won. I’m re­ally happy,” she said. She ac­knowl­edged her grand­fa­ther for in­spir­ing to study hard so that one day she’d be­come a doc­tor.

At the end of the func­tion, Wame Ratu­nacagilevu was beam­ing from ear to ear when he took Los­alini in his arms. Mr Ratu­nacagilevu and his wife, Naomi, raised Los­alini. They had never thought oth­er­wise of the day they took re­spon­si­bil­ity of her. “We are so proud of her and we just thank God for bring­ing her this far.” Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for

Photo: Mere Satakala

Sit­ting from left: Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety of the South Pa­cific pres­i­dent Fran­cis Mani, Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Dean of Fac­ulty of Sci­ence,Tech­nol­ogy and En­vi­ron­ment As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor An­jeela Jokhan, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Ed­u­ca­tion Iowane Tiko and chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer of Voda­fone Fiji An­drew Ku­mar with some of the win­ners at the USP Lau­cala Cam­pus in Suva yes­ter­day.

Photo: Mere Satakala

Los­alini Rabuku (mid­dle), with her grand­par­ents Wame Ratu­nacagilevu (left), and Naomi Raqauqau at USP Lau­cala Cam­pus in Suva yes­ter­day.

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