Leaders lead from the front. For the head boy of Robert Louis Stevenson School, Vensel Margraff, of Ululoloa and Si’usega, he was that leader in 2016.
Yesterday in front of families, friends and the students he led, the eldest of Fa’amatuainu Dennis and Salilo Margraff’s children was declared the School Dux for 2016.
But that was not his only award. He also won the Samoa Observer Award for Excellence in Writing as well as securing first in English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Computer Studies. He was also the Top Science Student.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, the humble future leader said he was grateful for the opportunity.
“This is once in a life time opportunity not only to be the Head Boy of the school but also to become the Dux of this academic year,” he said.
“It’s a great feeling and I am humbled that all the hard work, the sleepless nights and everything has paid off.
“Not only that but I am happy because my family are proud, my parents and especially my grandparents I could see how proud they were when my name was being called.
“That’s a great feeling knowing that the people who went out of their ways to help you through your school are so proud.”
Vensel, who wants to become a Civil Engineer, said life at R.L.S has been challenging.
“Especially this year in terms of exams and trying to balance between my duties and my school work. I have a duty as the head boy and the school and then I have my own school to focus on because I cannot focus on one thing and leave the other.
“So all the glory and praise to our heavenly father for all that he had done and also to my family, my parents and especially my grandparents and all of those who contributed in helping me achieve what I have today.”
So what’s next for Vensel?
“The next step is hopefully I can go to N.U.S and achieve one of the scholarships available. I want a career as a Civil Engineer. I want to contribute to the development of Samoa especially in the infrastructure sector.”
Lastly, he wanted to thank all the teachers and everyone who has contributed to his journey.
Solialofi Potoi, the daughter of Teleiai James and Antonia Potoi, secured second place while Head girl, Christine Peters, came third.