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Koya’s Baton Of Honour

At the command of Siddiq Akif Koya’s bellowing voice, 1260 cadets of Natabua High School yesterday marched in unison around the school ground during their cadet passing-out parade. Mr Koya
25 Jul 2015 09:50
Koya’s Baton Of Honour
Siddiq Akif Koya (far right), with his parents and brother and the Baton of Honour which he received during the Natabua High School’s cadet passing-out parade in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Salote Qalubau

At the command of Siddiq Akif Koya’s bellowing voice, 1260 cadets of Natabua High School yesterday marched in unison around the school ground during their cadet passing-out parade.

Mr Koya was the Parade Commander.

He is of Year 13 and the school headboy. He lives at Namaka, Nadi and his able leadership was awarded with the Baton of Honour.

He said his pride for the school was the driving force behind his success in being able to successfully command one of Fiji’s biggest school cadet passing-out parades.

“I feel very accomplished since it’s my last parade. I’m glad that I had this opportunity,” he said.

Mr Koya’s family joined parents, friends and members of the public during the parade.

He said his next step would be to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at a tertiary institute and venture into business after he attained a Masters Degree.

His father Siddiq Faizal Koya, a Nadi-based lawyer and politician, said he was proud of his son’s achievement.

“This is one of my proudest moments. He excelled in his display of excellent leadership skills today (yesterday),” Mr Faizal Koya said.

“If his grandfather was alive, he would have been extremely proud, but both my wife and I are very proud of him.”

Mr Koya said seeing his son walk forward to receive his award brought back  memories of him as a cadet in the same school 30 years ago.

“We’re going to have a great dinner tonight (last night)  to celebrate his achievement. As parents you cherish these things for the rest of your lives,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations,  Jioji Konrote acknowledged Siddiq Akif Koya’s hard work.

“The headboy, Siddiq Akif Koya displayed maturity, intellect and wisdom when he reminded and bravely challenged the student body in no uncertain terms that he would like them to leave behind a legacy and act as a wall for others to climb on,” Mr Konrote said.

“Inspirational, patriotic and most encouraging words of wisdom indeed from a young and gifted individual who possesses great leadership potential.”

Meanwhile 15-year- old Joeli Qerewaqa Tagicakibau was the highlight of the parade.

He is the son of Commissioner West, Manasa Tagicakibau. Joeli received the Best Junior Cadet First Year Award.

“I felt good about the achievement, but I tried very hard to master the basics,” he said.

“Since my father is an army officer, he used to encourage me to improve my drills.”

He moved to Natabua High School from Suva Grammar School because of his father’s work.

“At first I was shocked at the change of school. I didn’t really want to leave, but after a while here, I started to liked the school,” he said.

His father Mr Tagicakibau congratulated his son.

“It was a proud and joyous moment for me and the family. We’ve always driven discipline at home and I personally have always supported cadet training,” he said.

Mr Tagicakibau said cadet training programme was the basis of the installing  discipline in students.

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