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Marika Makes Military Dad Proud

Marika Naupoto has now become the first member of his family to become the headboy of Suva Grammar School. The son of the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military
10 Feb 2017 11:47
Marika Makes Military Dad Proud
Fiji Military Force Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto congratulating his son the 2017 headboy Marika Naupoto during prefects induction yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Marika Naupoto has now become the first member of his family to become the headboy of Suva Grammar School.

The son of the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces was badged by his father, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, during the school’s prefects’ induction ceremony yesterday.

“I feel excited, but I know it will be difficult because of how big the school is and I know that I will have to challenge myself a bit given the headboy role,” said the 17-year-old.

“I was only expecting to be a deputy or a prefect, but after they told me that I was going to be the headboy, it took some time for me to take it in,” he said.

Marika found out about the school’s decision on Tuesday.

“I tried to keep it a secret, but given that the school is so big, word spread so fast,”

He broke the news as a surprise to his father on Rear Admiral Napoto’s Birthday on Tuesday.

“I had to tell my dad as soon as I found out because he was going to be the chief guest so it was going to add on as he was going to badge me and speak to the prefects.

“We were not expecting the headboy role, but he told me that he was happy and I deserved it and I could live up to that dream,” he said.

“Anyone who knew my dad, their expectations of me were very high too and I have to try to live up to that.”

Marika said he was grateful to have very supportive parents and siblings who motivated him to keep moving forward.

“At the end of the day I had to also learn to work hard on my own,” he said.

While growing up, he watched his father and brothers be part of the disciplinary forces, but was glad to be given the freedom to choose his career path.

“I wanted to be a chef, but I will have to see a few other options,” he said.

“Even though my dad was in the military, he tried not to bring that back into the house. Things at home were just normal. He was not a military officer at home, but he’s my dad,” he said.

“I want to try to reach where he is or maybe surpass that,” he said.

Marika also mentioned that the aftermath of the 2014 elections was an emotional rollercoaster ride for his family since Commander Naupoto was no longer the Minister for Youth and Sports.

“But now that he got this post, things had gone better. I am glad my dad stayed strong and worked hard for our family and I really appreciate everything he has done for us,” he said.

Marika’s mother, Lilian Naupoto said she was very proud of her son’s achievement.

“I am happy and also I feel excited because he is my youngest son. All of my three sons and daughter had gone through Grammar. But he is our first son to be headboy especially since he is our youngest and last child to attend the school,” she said.



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