High achiever Sailosi sur­prises him­self

He scores high­est mark over­all in Year 13 ex­ams; aims for Aus­tralian schol­ar­ship

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN Edited by Naisa Koroi

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

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