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Grandad’s Final Words Motivate St Thomas High School Top Student

“My grandfather said: Always strive for a better future to give back to your families,” Maika said.
19 Feb 2021 10:15
Grandad’s Final Words Motivate St Thomas High School Top Student
From left: Ulamila Galo (grandmother), Maika Togavuto (middle) with his sister Rusila Tinainamu and Esiteri Vale (mother) at their home in Buabua, Lautoka, on February 18, 2021. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Maika Togavuto’s grandfather’s final words just before he died in May last year has played a big role in his academic performance.

The 18-year-old, who scored the highest mark at St Thomas High School during the Year 13 Certificate Examination, said his late grandfather, Manasa Veresalato’s words, motivated him.

“My grandfather said: Always strive for a better future to give back to your families,” Maika said.

“He died last year in Malakai Village in Yasawa and those were his final words to his grandchildren to perform their best in school.”

Maika scored 345 out of 400.

Maika, originally from Waicoka, Bau in Tailevu scored 345 marks out of 400.

“During COVID-19 last year, we were in Yasawa with my grandfather, I can remember him telling all his grandchildren to strive for a better future,” the Waicoka, Bau, Tailevu lad said.

“I have held close to my heart those words and it has motivated me to work hard and get good marks in school.”

He also looks to his father and sole bread winner of their family of seven, Jale Nikata, for motivation.

Mr Nikata is a carpenter on Paradise Cove Resort.

“My father spends three months on the island because of work and eight days with us when he comes home,” he said.

“When he is not here, I take responsibility in looking after my family and helping mum out.”

Maika is fortunate to be awarded the Tertiary Education Loans Scholarship (TELS) this year .

He will be pursuing a degree in Accounting and Information Studies at the University of the South Pacific.

MAIKA TOGAVUTO Year 13 results: 

  • 77 per cent in English
  • 91 per cent in Math
  • 94 per cent in Accounting
  • 83 per cent in Computer Studies

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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