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Headboy Eyes Military Career

Headboy of Pundit Shreedhar Maharaj College Ruisate Ratidara thanked God for giving him strength to win the Baton of Honour award yesterday. Rusiate of Visama, Nakelo, Tailevu, said the award
07 Apr 2018 10:54
Headboy Eyes Military Career
Pundit Shreedhar Maharaj College cadet passing-out parade baton of honour recipient, Rusiate Ratidara with his (from left) brother Sakiusa Ratidara and sisters, Siteri, Salume, Wainikiti and Merelita Ratidara in Nausori on April 6, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Headboy of Pundit Shreedhar Maharaj College Ruisate Ratidara thanked God for giving him strength to win the Baton of Honour award yesterday.

Rusiate of Visama, Nakelo, Tailevu, said the award was a stepping stone to his dream for a career in the military.

The Year 13 student, who is the youngest of five siblings, thanked God for the strength and dedicated his award to his late parents.

His father died when Rusiate was in Year 7 and his mother passed away when he was in Year 11. Since then, he had been living with four elder siblings, who have cared for and guided him.

He said his award was for his father, who was a farmer and supported his family with everything he could afford.

“My father was a farmer and sole breadwinner for the family before he passed away,” Rusiate said.

“He wanted my siblings and I to achieve good things in our lives and I promised my father that I would.

“I want to dedicate my award to my father who was my real hero,” Rusiate said.

Military Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto followed by College Principal Manorma Prasad (left) while inspecting Pundit Shreedhar Maharaj College cadet passing-out parade in Nausori on April 6, 2018.  Photo: Ronald Kumar

Military Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto followed by College Principal Manorma Prasad (left) while inspecting Pundit Shreedhar Maharaj College cadet passing-out parade in Nausori on April 6, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

His dream is to become a young and inspirational leader and emulate RFMF commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

“I thank God for his blessings that he gave me, for which I have achieved the highest cadet award today,” Rusiate said.

“My motivation to join the cadet scheme was not what I learn from it, but the person I could learn from and that was the Commander.

“He (Commander Naupoto) has been my inspiration and he is the reason why I want to join the RFMF team.

“Things I have learned from the four weeks of training were discipline and teamwork.

“Discipline was one of the main key focus of the training and teamwork taught us how we can rely on each other and always help each other,” Rusiate said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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