Tegumailagi rewarded for going extra mile
For Tegumailagi Toganivalu, it was all about going the extra mile to make sure she did well at Yat Sen Secondary School. The Year 12 student picked up the subject awards for History and Geography during the school’s annual prizegiving day.
She is the vice-president of the school’s student council body and believes that this role and the challenges that came with it helped mould her character.
“I would like to study and do a Double major in Law & Diplomacy so that in future I can work in a field where I can represent my country and help create positive change and growth,” Tegumailagi said.
She dedicates her achievements to her family, friends and teachers who have withstood the tough times with her and have provided support throughout her academic journey.
“All honour and praise goes to the Lord Almighty for his strength, wisdom and knowledge,” she said.
“I am also grateful for the support from my family. These awards would not have been possible without their prayers, love and sacrifice.”
Her mother, Ateca Ledua, expressed how proud she was of her daughter’s accomplishments knowing that that these awards did not come easy.
“She really did put in the hard yards and was focused on her academic goals and it’s paid off,” she said.
Ms Ledua, who is a provisional candidate for FijiFirst, said that “at a time like this when there is equal opportunity for students with free education, students who work really hard and go the extra mile will reap the benefits and shine.”
Tegumailagi Toganivalu (middle row/second from left), with other awardees after the school’s annual prizegiving ceremony on October 12, 2018.