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Head Girl Wishes Late Dad Had Seen Her Badged

“My father always taught me to respect everybody. He was a very strict father and a leader in his institution.
05 May 2022 21:39
Head Girl Wishes Late Dad Had Seen Her Badged
CMF College Head Boy Joape Tauva with mother, Atilatei Botei and Head Girl Mereoni Koroi with mother Elesi Koroi on May 4, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Christian Mission Fellowship Secondary School head girl, Mereoni Koroi could only wish her father was still alive to see her badged.

The 18-year-old was among the 90 leaders who were badged yesterday.

She said her father, a prison officer, who passed on two years ago, had always been her pillar of strength.

“I wish my father was here to witness my achievement,” Mereoni said close to tears.

“My father always taught me to respect everybody. He was a very strict father and a leader in his institution.

“I wanted to become a leader one day and follow his footsteps”

The 18-year-old thanked her mother for supporting her.

“My mother always motivated me to keep trying hard, she sews clothes and sells them online,” she said.

“She went through a lot of struggles especially when business was not going well, we asked my elder sister for money so that I could go to school.”

Mereoni said she wanted to be a fair leader, a leader of justice and someone who would speak out against wrongdoing.

School’s head boy, Joape Tauva’s journey was also not easy. He has been living away from his family for the past four years.

“Living far from my family since Year 9 is hard and I miss them a lot,” he said.

“I stay with my grandmother in Nausori and my mum lives in Lautoka with my three other siblings.

“My grandmother and aunty whom I reside with have worked hard to support me. They used to wake up early in the morning to prepare my breakfast and lunch.

“These things have made me work hard in school and I aspire to become an aircraft engineer.”

“I know it’s hard to balance studies and the leadership roles but I will try my best, with God nothing is possible.

“Becoming the head boy was not my plan, this is the Lord’s purpose.”

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