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Liv­ing far from home did not de­ter Reifa Jun Paula Buin­i­masi from suc­ceed­ing in his stud­ies.

The 17-year-old walked away with the Dux prize at the Marist Brothers High School prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

Reifa is orig­i­nally from Naike­leyaga, Kabara, Lau, but his fam­ily lives in Nadi.

He has been a boarder at MBHS since he was in Year 9.

Reifa re­ceived awards for Best Bi­ol­ogy, Best English, Best Sci­ence stu­dent for Year 12 and first prize in his class.

Reifa was emo­tional as he talked about his par­ents.

“My par­ents al­ways mo­ti­vated me and with­out them I would not have reached this far,” he said. “They taught me to al­ways put the Lord first in ev­ery­thing that I do be­cause the Lord will di­rect me. “The strug­gles my fam­ily go through mo­ti­vated me to do my best and try and reach far in life.” Reifa plans to be­come a pi­lot. “We live in Nadi and while grow­ing up I al­ways see the plane take off and land and that was how my dream of be­com­ing a pi­lot started,” he said.

“I be­lieve I have what it takes to be­come a pi­lot, but God has his own plans for me.

“I plan to do my best in ev­ery­thing that I do so that I can take my fam­ily to a bet­ter place and to take away all the bur­dens and pains that my par­ents have been car­ry­ing alone. “I ded­i­cate my achieve­ments to my fam­ily, war­dens, ma­trons and my friends who have al­ways been there for me through­out.”

He has ma­ter­nal links to Drekeni­wai Vil­lage in Cakau­drove, Vanua Levu.

Photo: Simione Har­a­vanua

The Marist Brothers High School dux, Reifa Jun Paula Buin­i­masi, with his par­ents Te­malesi Buin­i­masi (left), and Cama Buin­i­masi af­ter the Marist Brothers High School an­nual prize­giv­ing at Lam­bert Hall in Suva on Oc­to­ber 12, 2018.

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