OLD BOY IS PROUD FA­THER IN THE CROWD

Fiji Sun - - Nations - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­jisun.com.fj

With­out the sup­port and guid­ance of my par­ents, I wouldn’t have been able to scoop so many awards es­pe­cially the dux award which means a lot to me and my par­ents

The Com­mis­sioner North­ern Jo­seva Vo­cea was per­haps the proud­est fa­ther in the crowd dur­ing the Ratu Ka­davulevu School prize­giv­ing in Lodoni, Tailevu yes­ter­day.

He watched as his only son walked up to get his tro­phies and shield to re­ceive the dux award.

Be­ing an Old Boy him­self, Mr Vo­cea said his son, Ratu Osea Ken­neth Vo­cea, had proven him­self to be ca­pa­ble and strong-willed. “We have in­vested a lot in him the whole of our lives. We have taken him around ev­ery­where I was posted by Gov­ern­ment like Ro­tuma, New Zealand, Ja­pan and then back to Fiji,” Mr Vo­cea said.

“We ini­tially thought to en­rol him at Labasa Col­lege but he wanted to at­tend a board­ing school. RKS was his first choice. “Board­ing school has ben­e­fit­ted him and he has proven it to­day.” The 18-year-old was emo­tional when he said: “I am re­ally happy and ex­cited at the same time. I thank God for guid­ing me and giv­ing me the right di­rec­tion to go through.

“I wanted to fol­low my fa­ther’s foot­step to come to RKS. I had at­tended old schol­ars’ meet­ings with my dad here and I fell in love with RKS. I made up my mind to at­tend RKS ever since I was six-years-old. “With­out the sup­port and guid­ance of my par­ents, I wouldn’t have been able to scoop so many awards es­pe­cially the dux award which means a lot to me and my par­ents. “Be­com­ing a dux was never my ex­pec­ta­tion. I just wanted to make my par­ents proud be­cause they sup­ported my de­ci­sion of at­tend­ing a board­ing school.

“At first, when I moved back af­ter liv­ing in Tokyo for three years, it was dif­fi­cult to man­age and adapt to the en­vi­ron­ment, es­pe­cially with the board­ing life be­cause it is very dif­fer­ent. But as time went by I got used to it.”

His plans: “I want to be­come an econ­o­mist and I have ap­plied to a few uni­ver­si­ties.”

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

RKS Dux award win­ner Ratu Osea Ken­neth Vo­cea with his mother Miriama Vo­cea and fa­ther Jovesa Vo­cea.

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