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Boarder Iowane Takes Principal’s Award

  Iowane Noa Sakealevu never expected to one day receive the Principal’s Leadership Award during the Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) prizegiving yesterday. The Principal’s Leadership Award is always awarded
13 Oct 2018 10:00
Boarder Iowane Takes Principal’s Award
Year 13 top student Iowane Noa Sakealevu with his brother Julius Sakealevu (left), and grandfather Iowane Noa after the Marist Brothers High School prizegiving at Lambert Hall in Suva on October 12, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

 

Iowane Noa Sakealevu never expected to one day receive the Principal’s Leadership Award during the Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) prizegiving yesterday.

The Principal’s Leadership Award is always awarded to a Year 13 student who is committed in his work and is always ready to help other students.

It awards someone who is not only good academically, but shows an example of a good Samaritan, someone who is an exemplary student and is humble.

Iowane also scooped the awards for Best Geography, Best Economics, Best History, Head Boarder Award, Deputy HeadBoy Award and top accreditation for 2018 for year 13 and first prize for his class.

He is the third child in a family of five children.

The 18-year-old hails from Nabavatu Village in Macuata and has maternal links to Naua Village in Macuata.

For Iowane leaving the village to join MBHS was a dream come true.

“I never expected to one day be receiving prizes when I joined MBHS. I came from the village and thought that the students in Suva were superior to me,” Iowane said.

“I wasn’t smart, and I never received any prizes in Year 9 and Year 10. In Year 11, I started to study and did my best. Since year 11 I have been receiving first prize.

“It was tough leaving home and boarding, but I knew I had to do my best for my family.

“I have never looked back since joining MBHS. I have created memories with teachers and students that I will always cherish.

“I am the first in the family to receive the Principal’s Leadership Award and I am honoured.

“I thank my parents for always being there for me and my grandparents for always guiding me.”

The parents, who live in Savusavu could not make it to the prizegiving ceremony.

Iowane has already been awarded an Australian scholarship.

“I have been awarded a scholarship to study Bachelor of Criminology and criminal justice at the University of New South Wales,” he said.

“I am just waiting for the external exams so that I can take the results to them.

“I have always wanted to be in this field because there is a lot of social problems here in Fiji such as rape and other offences.

“I believe I will be able to help the community once I come back and help decrease the crime rate in Fiji.”

Iowane added: “No one should ever underestimate themselves no matter the circumstances they are going through because God has plans for you.”

He wished all the Year 10, Year 12 and Year 13 students the best in their external exams.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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