Hard work has paid off for Na’oupu So’o, of Savaia, Lefaga and Palisi.
The 18-year-old was declared the Dux of Avele College this year on Wednesday when the school held its prize giving.
Na’oupu was the Top Science student and his goal is to become a doctor.
“It is a dream for me because I want to help the people of Samoa,” Na’oupu said with a smile.
He said his success would not have been possible without God’s help and his family’s support. He also thanked the teachers for putting up with him.
Asked about his future plans, Na’oupu said he has a few things in mind.
But his journey will have to depend on where God leads him.
“I just pray to God to show the way and guide me into the right path so that I will reach my dream of becoming a Doctor,” said Na’oupu.
Looking back to this year, Na’oupu said the closure of Avele College affected him and his fellow students. But from those sad days, he said school has never been better and the students are more determined than ever to prove that Avele deserves to remain open forever.
Na’oupu’s father Lotolagi So’o was naturally a proud man.
“I was confident that my son will do well because I have seen how hard he works at home on his studies,” said Lotolagi. “And because he worked so hard, that’s why I support him all the way.”
Na’oupu topped Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer studies. He also topped Year 13 Science. He is the third son of seven children of Lotolagi and Telesia So’o.