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Rewards Come After Sacrifice, Says Emily

Emily Waqairawai believes that sacrifice brings in rewards. The recipient for the Best Female Platoon award said sacrifice by her family had paid off. She was speaking after the cadet
23 Apr 2015 09:24
Rewards Come After Sacrifice, Says Emily
Emily Waqairawai (standing back left) with her family members in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Emily Waqairawai believes that sacrifice brings in rewards.

The recipient for the Best Female Platoon award said sacrifice by her family had paid off.

She was speaking after the cadet passing-out parade at Ratu Navula College in Nadi yesterday.

The Year 13 student represented Takubu House.

She came to Ratu Navula from Nadi Muslim College two years ago. She did not regret it.

“This is my third year in Ratu Navula and I am thrilled with my achievement because it was a tiring journey.

“There were sacrifices from my family as they had to go through a lot and then on my part I had the academic side to look after also.

“I am greatful to the Lord Almighty that I have balanced that out really well. This trophy is the result.”

Originally from Kadavu, the current resident of Navakai in Nadi hoped that she had made her parents proud.

“I thank my parents, my family, teachers, the soldiers for training us well and also the platoon. Anything is possible; our monogram says that ‘nothing is impossible when the heart is willing’. Always put God first and believe in yourself. Your family is there to support.”

Her father, Joape Waqairawai, said he was proud of his daughter’s achievement after all the sacrifices she had made.

“She is a very strong girl who can be stubborn, but when she sets a goal she tries to fulfil it,” he said.

“The responsibility she took on was a challenge, but she excelled in it and we all are proud of her.

”She stayed up late at night to complete her homework and things for school, then being out here first thing in the morning and coming home late in the afternoon.

“I have two daughters, which is a big challenge but I have a son to sort them out; either way she has done us proud.

“I hope she keeps her discipline from now onwards. She will be setting a high bench mark, and I am sure she can achieve more,” he said.

Ms Waqairawai hopes to pursue a career in aircraft engineering.

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