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The dux of John Wes­ley Col­lege has ded­i­cated his achieve­ments to the cou­ple who raised him.

Year 13 stu­dent, Fil­imoni Namisi, will for­ever be grate­ful to his un­cle, Rev­erend Jone Tuikoro and aunt, Ruci Tuikoro, for look­ing af­ter him af­ter his par­ents passed away at a young age. He said this dur­ing the school’s an­nual prize­giv­ing func­tion yes­ter­day. Fil­imoni said his un­cle and aunty were the rea­son he achieved so much. He was also grate­ful to his el­der broth­ers, Luke Lu­vevou and Vil­iame Seni­vasa, for their sup­port. “My un­cle and aunty have al­ways pro­vided me with all my ba­sic needs,” said the 19-year-old who wishes to study law at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific. “I am so thank­ful to my un­cle and aunty for their sup­port to­wards my ed­u­ca­tion. “Af­ter my mother’s death, I lived with them and they have al­ways treated me as their own child. “They have taught me good val­ues and al­ways en­cour­aged me to work hard and be­come a bet­ter per­son in life.

“This year, the com­pe­ti­tion was re­ally tough. I did not be­lieve my friends when at first they in­formed me that I will be re­ceiv­ing the dux award.

“I was re­ally sur­prised when my name was called but I am so happy. “If my par­ents were alive to­day, they would have been very happy with my achieve­ments.

“I was only three-year­sold when my fa­ther passed away. My mother worked re­ally hard to sup­port me and my two el­der broth­ers.” When he was in Year Four, his mother also passed away. Mrs Tuikoro said: “I am so happy and proud with Fil­imoni’s achieve­ments.” Fil­imoni was born and raised in Nawaka Vil­lage, Nadi. They live in Toorak. Mrs Tuikoro is a do­mes­tic worker while Rev­erend Tuikoro is a min­is­ter at Cen­te­nary Methodist Church in Suva.

Fil­imoni also re­ceived prize for scor­ing high­est in English, His­tory and first prize.

Photo: Roneel Karthik

From left: Un­cle Rev­erend Jone Tuikoro, John Wes­ley Col­lege dux Fil­imoni Namisi, and aunt Ruci Tuikoro af­ter the prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day .

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