Gos­sip drives Dux to ex­cel

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MON­ICA AGUILAR Edited by Caroline Ratu­cadra Feed­back: mon­ica.aguilar@fi­jisun.com.fj

Ana Lule Raogo, 14, burst into tears when she was named Dux of the year dur­ing the Delainamasi Gov­ern­ment School’s an­nual prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony in Nas­inu yes­ter­day. Faced with neg­a­tive crit­i­cisms in school about her ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Ana brushed aside these thoughts as she fo­cused on her stud­ies dur­ing the year. “They (class­mates) used to say that an­other girl would be the Dux and not me. But I just ig­nored the com­ments and told my­self to work hard,” she said. “I never ex­pected to win the Dux award be­cause there are other smart com­pet­i­tive stu­dents.” Ana shared that her teacher was the rea­son for her suc­cess be­cause each morn­ing be­fore class, he would al­ways en­cour­age them to work hard.

As the head girl of the school, she said her du­ties to con­trol the stu­dent pre­fect body was a chal­leng­ing role. But with the help of her pre­fect peers, work was much eas­ier to con­trol a school roll of more than 1000 stu­dents. As a young girl who stud­ies ev­ery af­ter­noon, she said sac­ri­fic­ing two com­plete hours of study­ing daily had paid off. “I feel very happy be­cause I know my hard work has fi­nally paid off,” she said. She wants to be­come a teacher.

Photo: Jone Lu­ven­i­toga

Delainamasi Gov­ern­ment School Dux Ana Lule Raogo with dad Ame Raogo and mum Tarisi Raogo yes­ter­day.

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