Sha­henoor’s amaz­ing suc­cess

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Acol­lec­tion of 87 cer­tifi­cates, nu­mer­ous tro­phies in­clud­ing 11 at this year’s school prize­giv­ing and a col­lec­tion of medals and awards sits proudly at Sha­henoor Saiza Ali’s home in Sar­ava, Ba. While be­ing com­mended for be­ing the Out­stand­ing Stu­dent of the Year at Kamil Col­lege in Ba for 2016, the 18-year-old head girl will be re­mem­bered for one per­sonal act of love for her school. Trop­i­cal Cyclone Win­ston dev­as­tated Fiji on Fe­bru­ary 20, leav­ing a trail of mis­ery. Kamil Col­lege was not spared and to­day some class­rooms have not been re­paired. On the morn­ing af­ter the cyclone, Sha­henoor saw the dev­as­ta­tion with de­bris scat­tered around their com­pound. Her first thought was the school so she made her way there. At school, prin­ci­pal Shabina Ali was try­ing to see what could be done. Dur­ing the school’s awards day, Mrs Ali said she was sur­prised to see Sha­henoor at school on that fate­ful day. “She said – ‘Madam, what can I do’,” Mrs Ali said. For Sha­henoor, she said it was the love and re­spect for her school that took her there that morn­ing and she gath­ered more stu­dents in the days there­after to clean up. Mrs Ali paid spe­cial men­tion to Sha­henoor who left her home and gave first pri­or­ity to the school. Sha­henoor plans to at­tend the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific next year and study law. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Sha­henoor (mid­dle) with her mother Sha­bana, father, Harun Ali and brother, Huzayl.

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