Samoan Named Dux at Suva Gram­mar

Cen­tury also won awards for English, maths, physics and chem­istry

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TThe Samoan na­tional was named Dux of Suva Gram­mar School yes­ter­day dur­ing the school’s prize­giv­ing in Suva. His fam­ily came in full sup­port to cheer him on as the 17-year-old walked up the podium to re­ceive award. Apart from the Dux award, he also re­ceived the top awards in English, maths, physics and chem­istry for Year 12.

“First of all, I want to thank the Almighty for giv­ing me the strength to over­come all odds and achieve this award, this is for my hard­work­ing par­ents,” he said. “It is com­mon that we usu­ally get in­flu­enced by our friends to do things that aren’t good, but for me per­son­ally I think of my par­ents’ strug­gles be­fore I make any de­ci­sion that will hurt them.”

He said his par­ents had sac­ri­ficed a lot for him and his sib­ling in or­der for them to be ed­u­cated in good schools.

“We have been in Fiji for the last three years and it has been quite dif­fi­cult for us at first espe­cially try­ing to adapt to the way things were done here but that we man­aged to fit in,” Cen­tury said.

He said one of the tough­est chal­lenges he faced through­out high school was peer pres­sure.

“The bat­tle is within me, try­ing to make the right de­ci­sions and at the same time try­ing to keep my friends, but my aca­demic per­for­mance is more im­por­tant to me,” he said. “Some­times in life we have to give up some­thing in or­der to be­come suc­cess­ful.” He aimed to be­come a civil en­gi­neer in the fu­ture so that he could help in the de­vel­op­ment of his is­land home, Samoa. His fa­ther, Head of The­ol­ogy and Ethics at Pa­cific The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege, Rev­erend Dr Upolu Va’ai, said it was like dream come true for him and his fam­ily. “My chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion is al­ways

my pri­or­ity and to wit­ness this day is in­deed a bless­ing for us. I give back the glory and hon­our to the Almighty for my son’s achieve­ment,” he said. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Fam­ily mem­bers of the Gram­mar­ian dux of the year stand proudly be­side Cen­tury Upolu Va’ai with his awards yes­ter­day.

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