Head Boy leads by example

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CONGRATULATIONS: The 2016 Dux of Robert Louis Stevenson School, Vensel Margraff with his parents Salilo and Fa’amatuainu Dennis Margraff. Vensel also won the Samoa Observer Award for Excellence in Writing.

CONGRATULATIONS: The 2016 Dux of Robert Louis Stevenson School, Vensel Margraff with his parents Salilo and Fa’amatuainu Dennis Margraff. Vensel also won the Samoa Observer Award for Excellence in Writing.

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.”

1st place in Mathematics for Form 2 Level Lucky Westerlund
1st place in Mathematics for Form 2 Level Lucky Westerlund
Aruna wallwork Tuala with her proud grandparents Seiuli Paul and Su'a Julia Wallwork
Aruna wallwork Tuala with her proud grandparents Seiuli Paul and Su'a Julia Wallwork
Edward Enoka received a scholarship for 2017 with the Class of 2006 during their presentation of the Tofamamo Award
Edward Enoka received a scholarship for 2017 with the Class of 2006 during their presentation of the Tofamamo Award
Kuinivia Leung Wai, Joshua Leung Wai and Nino Fuimaono
Kuinivia Leung Wai, Joshua Leung Wai and Nino Fuimaono
Letava Thompson receive Samoa Observer Award for Execellence in Public Speaking with the Editor of Samoa Observer Mataafa Keni Lesa
Letava Thompson receive Samoa Observer Award for Execellence in Public Speaking with the Editor of Samoa Observer Mataafa Keni Lesa
Top Form 3 student Aruna Wallwork Tuala with her proud family
Top Form 3 student Aruna Wallwork Tuala with her proud family
Vensel Margraff during the announcement of the 2016 Dux
Vensel Margraff during the announcement of the 2016 Dux
Vensel on the right and his little sister Danise seond from the right who is also the top Student of Form 2 with their proud family
Vensel on the right and his little sister Danise seond from the right who is also the top Student of Form 2 with their proud family
Top Form 5 Art Student Joshua Leung Wai with his proud relatives
Top Form 5 Art Student Joshua Leung Wai with his proud relatives
Proud grandparents Serah Matai'a and Matai'a Vensel Margraff with their grandson Vensel Margraff
Proud grandparents Serah Matai'a and Matai'a Vensel Margraff with their grandson Vensel Margraff
Solialofi Potoi and Vensel Margraff
Solialofi Potoi and Vensel Margraff

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.

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