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Duo Win Ba Sangam’s Dux Award

Two Ba students yesterday sent out a message to all students in Fiji and that was not to let the misery of any disaster deter them from their school work.
17 Nov 2016 11:00
Duo Win Ba Sangam’s Dux Award
From Left: Yogeeta , Shelvina Vandana Lata

Two Ba students yesterday sent out a message to all students in Fiji and that was not to let the misery of any disaster deter them from their school work.

The students were dual recipients of the Dux award at Ba Sangam College with the Minister for Local Government, Environment, Housing, Infrastructure and Transport  Parveen Bala, as chief guest.

Shelvina Vandana Lata and Yogeeta, both 18-years-old, overcame difficulties in the days following Cyclone Winston.

Their hard work paid off when they were given the top student awards during the school’s annual prizegiving ceremony yesterday.

Both had endured different scenarios after the destruction of TC Winston.

For Yogeeta, of Varadoli in Ba, half of their roof got blown away and the destruction to trees and the mess left by the cyclone was overwhelming.

“I am the youngest in the family and being at home, most of the days after that was taken up with cleaning inside the home which was wet because of the missing piece of roof and the mess in our yard.”

“It was hard work trying to get the house into order again but I always kept my studies going and was determined not to fall behind or let these things get to me.”

“I want to get an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) and that is my goal now.”

Yogeeta’s fathter Seet Kumar, a fisherman and his mum Sushil Lata, were proud parents witnessing their daughter’s achievements.

For Shelvina, they were without electricity for three months and she had to use either a candle or a battery operated lamp.

“Yes I went through some tough times but was determined to do well,” she said.

The school’s Best Science Student for 2016 wants to become a pharmacist.

Her father, Vinod Kumar, who works for APCO, and mum Suman Lata, were also at the school for the prizegiving and were happy with their daughter’s achievements.

Mr Bala reminded students: “Please always remember your parents are always with you, in good times and bad times and it is important that your parents be given the highest respect.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 



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