Study­ing With Can­dle Light Leads To Dux Glory

Mi­lika eyes in­ter­na­tional busi­ness mar­ket­ing.

Fiji Sun - - Nation - NI­CO­LETTE CHAM­BERS ni­co­lette.cham­bers@fi­jisun.

Acan­dle light was the only source of light Mi­lika Su­rana­masi had when pre­par­ing for her ex­am­i­na­tions in the af­ter­math of Trop­i­cal Cyclone Win­ston. The dam­age done to her fam­ily home in Drasa­vanakula Set­tle­ment, left Mi­lika and her fam­ily with­out elec­tric­ity for a num­ber of days.

That did not de­ter the fi­nal year grad­u­ate from Drasa Se­condary School in at­tain­ing the Dux award at the school’s prize­giv­ing yes­ter­day in Drasa, Lau­toka. Emo­tional mum, Kale­sita Marama, was thrilled about her daugh­ter’s ac­com­plish­ment know­ing she had over­come the ob­sta­cles in life to re­ceive the high­est award at se­condary level. “I am proud of my daugh­ter,” she said tear­fully. “I am just a do­mes­tic house­wife and my hus­band is a causal worker and we strug­gle but I just want to thank the Lord to­day.” Mi­lika said: “Even though Cyclone Win­ston dam­aged my house, I still thank the Lord for pro­tect­ing us,” she said. “I used can­dles to study when I had to pre­pare for my ex­ams.” The Vanua Levu na­tive was con­tent about her achieve­ment. “I feel happy and great and I thought that I would never achieve this award,” she said.

Last year, Mi­lika sat for the Fiji Year 12 Cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tion (FY12CE) and scored 84/100 in English, 98/100 in math­e­mat­ics, 89/100 in com­puter, 83/100 in Ac­count­ing and 86/100 Eco­nom­ics. This year, Mi­lika was awarded first place in her Year 13B Arts class and re­ceived awards in math­e­mat­ics, ac­count­ing and eco­nom­ics. She ac­knowl­edged her par­ents for their con­tin­u­ous sup­port through­out the aca­demic year.

Next year, she plans to fur­ther her stud­ies in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Mar­ket­ing at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific. Edited by Naisa Koroi

From left: Chief guest, Se­nior Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer Se­condary (West­ern) Mere­oni Matan­i­to­bua, for­mer school prin­ci­pal, Ra­jesh Chand, school man­ager, Narend Prasad, Drasa Se­condary School Dux, Mi­lika Su­rana­masi, and school prin­ci­pal Ravin­dra Deo Var­man, dur­ing the school’s prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

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