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Aspiring Secondary School Teacher Is Dux Of Bucalevu Secondary School

Dilaisa Coghill was emotional when her name was called out to receive the dux award of Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island during the annual awards yesterday. The 19-year-old originally
25 Nov 2017 16:17
Aspiring Secondary School Teacher  Is Dux Of Bucalevu Secondary School
Dilaisa Coghill of Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island received dux award from the chief guest, Northern Education officer Selemo Drokama during the annual awards on November 24. Photo: SUPPLIED

Dilaisa Coghill was emotional when her name was called out to receive the dux award of Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island during the annual awards yesterday.

The 19-year-old originally from Udukacu Settlement, Taveuni Island said she was thankful to her aunty, Violet Taylor, 50, who had brought her up from the age of two.

“My aunty (father’s sister) who is working as a caretaker at Taveuni Estate adopted me when my parents separated,” Dilaisa said.

“My aunty and her husband never made me miss parental love and care as they sacrificed everything in every way to help me get educated.

“I am forever thankful to them.”

The aspiring secondary school teacher scored 306 out of 400.

“I would like to thank all my family members including my father, his children and wife and especially God for helping me get this dux award,” the eldest of four siblings said.

“I never expected to get the dux award because there were many smart capable students to get this award.

No matter what life has thrown at me, I am thankful to the Lord for allowing me to live a normal life.”

When Fiji Sun contacted Mrs Taylor, she cried over the phone while cleaning a part of the estate.

“I am so excited and happy for Dilaisa,” she said.

“I never expected her to get the dux award.

“It has been 20 years of my marriage and I never had children.

“Having Dilaisa was a blessing and I made sure I raised her like my own child.

“My advice to all those females who carry the responsibility of looking after close family member’s children to treat them with love and care,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Don’t abuse or ill treat them because they are human beings created by God.”

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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