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Headboy Ezra Humbled By Leadership Role

Mother speechless and humbled by achievement. Xavier College headboy Ezra Pickering yesterday with­stood the scorching heat as he led close to 700 students during the school’s cadet passing-out pa­rade in
15 Jun 2018 11:00
Headboy Ezra Humbled By Leadership Role
Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz inspects the cadet passing-out parade in Ba on June 14, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Mother speechless and humbled by achievement.

Xavier College headboy Ezra Pickering yesterday with­stood the scorching heat as he led close to 700 students during the school’s cadet passing-out pa­rade in Ba.

The Year 13 student was the Pa­rade Commander and was also awarded the Baton of Honour.

“It is an honour to be the parade commander of our school cadet passing-out parade. To grace the ground as the parade commander is a blessing,” Ezra said.

He was proud of his fellow stu­dents. Despite the destruction of the recent cyclone he said they managed to a display an excellent parade in front of their families and friends.

The college was one of the many schools in the Western Division that was severely affected by Tropi­cal Cyclones Keni and Josie.

“Because of the tropical cyclones we didn’t have enough time to pre­pare and it was really tough for us. However, I am proud of the deter­mination, discipline and hard work displayed by the students,” Ezra said.

He also shared how he wished his late paternal grandmother, Josifini Fong, was present to witness his fi­nal role in the school’s parade.

“My grandmother died last month due to an illness and I only wished she was here to see me. For the last three years she was always here to cheer me on even though she was confined to a wheelchair,” Ezra said.

The 18-year-old aspires to become a doctor.

His mother, Alice Pickering, 40, said it was the highlight of her achievement as a parent.

“I am just speechless and humble at the same time. It’s such a happy feeling to see your child lead a pres­tigious school like Xavier College,” she added.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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