Baton Winner: Being Disciplined, Attribute To Great Leadership
Nilsen College Baton of Honour winner, Connie Matawalu, said being disciplined is an attribute to great leadership in the future.
The 19-year-old of Natavea, Nabaitavo district in Naitasiri ,was also the headgirl and was awarded the Baton of Honour during the school’s passing out parade in Vatukoula yesterday.
Connie said: “I was not expecting to be awarded this prestigious award, but I have learnt that discipline and sacrifice takes us a long way.
“It was indeed challenging, I had to balance training and school work but it was worth it in the end, also my cadets and peers so proud of everyone who participated today.
“This year was very important to me as it is going to be our last year and I believe it will be a great memory and so many lessons learnt and a benefit to me personally.”
Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said: “Today you have taken the first step towards achieving your school’s goal of reaching greater heights.
“I say this because when you are able to successfully complete any task you show two characteristics needed to achieve great things in life, and they are commitment and dedication.
“Cadet training has so much potential to positively impact a person’s life.
“Despite what some may say about it being too strict, I have never come across a situation where discipline has been a negative influence.”
He stressed that in life we must have some form of self-control and self-restraint.
“If you think you can live life without discipline, I can tell you know that you’re in for a life of disarray and chaos which will open up doors to a world of trouble.”
He also highlighted the need for students to make education paramount in their life.
132 cadets participated in the parade.
Nilsen College cadet training awards
Baton of Honour: Connie Matawalul
Best Detachment Commander: Adi Mere Timaleti
Best Detachment in Drill: Color Party
Cleanest Compound: 10A Taraiasi Suluaqalo
Most Improved Male Cadet: Samuela Naidiri
Most Improved Female Cadet: Senimelia Kenatale
Edited by Ranoba Baoa