JOHN WESLEY DUX:
THANK YOU UNCLE AND AUNTY
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.
From left: Uncle Reverend Jone Tuikoro, John Wesley College dux Filimoni Namisi, and aunt Ruci Tuikoro after the prizegiving ceremony yesterday .