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