High achiever Sailosi surprises himself
He scores highest mark overall in Year 13 exams; aims for Australian scholarship
Achieving the highest mark overall in the 2015 Fiji Seventh Form Examinations at Natabua High School was not the end of Sailosi Madanawa’s strive for academic excellence.
Since last year, the 19-year-old has been trying to get a scholarship to an Australian university to help further his studies. He now works at Jack’s of Fiji in Lautoka to help contribute to his family’s income as he waits for a positive result from his scholarship applications. The teenager no doubt made his parents proud after he was awarded on Thursday the 2015 overall highest mark – 373/400 in Year 13 examinations during the Natabua High School academic awards night in Lautoka. He proudly received his trophies from the chief guest, the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy. The lad from Namoli Village, Lautoka, however said he never considered himself to be intelligent, but he worked hard. “I am more of an artist not a scholar. And my results were not consistent as I remember last year. During internal exams it fluctuated but when time arrived for externals I studied and committed myself to studying,” Sailosi said. He also received awards for scoring the highest mark in two other subjects, English 87/100 and Physics 99/100.
Sailosi Madanawa with his mother, Verenesi Madanawa on Thursday. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan