‘Takes A Whole Vil­lage To Raise A Child’

Dux at­tributes achieve­ment to God, par­ents and rel­a­tives.

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Edited by Paula Tu­vuki MERE SATAKALA SUVA Feed­back: mere.satakala@fi­jisun.com.fj

Miriam Kenny was lost for words when she was named Dux of Lami High School on Wed­nes­day.

“It takes a whole vil­lage to raise a child,” Ms Kenny said. The Year 13 stu­dent was emo­tional when she talked about the sup­port she had from her par­ents, grand­mother, aunts and un­cles. She thanked God for her achieve­ment say­ing if I wasn’t for Him she wouldn’t be where she is now. Ms Kenny joined Lami High School from Ratu Ka­davulevu dur­ing the sec­ond term of school this year af­ter she be­came sickly. Her mum Vani Ko­to­bal­avu, said: “She has beaten all odds to be here and I’m so proud of her.” She will pur­sue her stud­ies at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific next year as­pir­ing to be a jour­nal­ist.

“I’d like to travel the world and I love so­cial­is­ing,” the beam­ing teenager said. Her ad­vice to other stu­dents was to never lose hope and al­ways pur­sue the dreams they want. “Ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble with God.” Gen­eral manager, Pa­cific Ce­ment Lim­ited, Siowane Tuidola was chief guest at the cer­e­mony. The school has 248 stu­dents from year 9-13.

She has beaten all odds to be here and I’m so proud of her

Vani Ko­to­bal­avu

Mother

Lami High School top achiev­ers on Wed­nes­day. Photo: Mere Satakala

Lami High School Dux Miriam Kenny (left), with mum Vani Ko­to­bal­avu. Photo: Mere Satakala.

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