Samoa College’s Head girl, Emily Fuean, leads by example.
And when it comes to service to others and her studies, her commitment and dedication paid off on Friday when she was named the school’s 2017 Dux.
Her achievement has made this Christmas season and extra special one for her family, especially her father Su’a Henry Fruean.
The 16-year-old is the fifth child of Su’a and Ruby Fruean’s six children.
With origins in the villages of Moto’otua and Si’usega, the young girl wants to become a Neurosurgeon.
Apart from being the 2017 Dux, she managed to receive the Top Science Student Award, Mrs. Jaya Philips Memorial trophy and school prize for first in Biology and Physics.
She also scooped the Best Bilingual Student and Diligence Award for Year 13, Head Girl award and trophies from the Asi and Mary Fruean, S.C.O.P.A Shield, Parents and Teachers Association Trophy, Aliimalemanu Sasa Tevita trophy, Elia Fretton trophy, Rotary Club, Waikato Alumni trophy and School Award.
Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, Ms. Fruean said the feeling hadn’t sunk in yet.
“I still cannot believe that I am the 2017 Samoa College Dux,” she said.
“I mean when I look back at my journey, I can honestly say throughout the four years, I had never really come first in my class.
“I wasn’t a bright student but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t working hard because I did, I had work so hard not to be the Dux, but to make my parents proud.
“Today I am a few steps closer to fulfilling my dreams and I truly thank God for the wisdom and the knowledge as well as guiding me throughout my journey.
“It wasn’t an easy one too I can tell you that.
“There were so many ups and downs and a lot of challenges that I was facing in school but my parents were the ones who kept me going.
“They have worked so hard to ensure we are okay and all I ever wanted was to make them happy and today (Friday) I have seen that happiness on their faces.
“Word cannot describe the feeling but I’m humble and blessed to have received these achievements today.”
Why a neurosurgeon?
“I want to help the people of Samoa and it’s what I have been dreaming of all my life,” she said.
“I want to be able to treat people especially our people and for me to do that, I have to go through N.U.S. and be able to get a scholarship so I can come back and serve our people.
“But for now I just want to go home relax and draw some happy pictures and spend the festive season with my family.”
Su’a Fruean was in tears when ask of how he feels.
“I am one proud father,” he said.
“This is the best Christmas gift that a daughter could ever give to her father.
“I was just in tears when I heard my daughter’s name this morning but I humbled my heart and silently thanked God for this great news.”
Su’a describes his daughter as an obedient child.
“She’s very humble,” he said.
“She had made a lot of sacrifices throughout her college years and that includes hanging out with her friends.
“She only goes to school, church and then home to her books, and today she reaps with joy and all those sacrifices have been paid off.
“It’s the best gift ever for me and my wife.”
Second to Dux – Teariki Yandall
DUX 2017 – Emily Fruean
Top Science Student: Emily Fruean
Top Art Student: Venus Papali’i
Top Commerce: Valasi Talosaga
Samoa Observer Award for Most Improved in English Year 10 – Aronadia Asani
Samoa Observer Award for Most Improved in English in Year 11 – Aliva Seiuli
Samoa Observer Prize & School Prize for Most Improved in English for Year 12 – Aitasi Tuvaifale
Samoa Observer Prize & School Prize for 1st in English & 1st in Geography for Year 13 – Chrona Fesili Ng Lam.