Future doctor is Avele’s finest
A Science student, who wants to become a doctor, is Avele College’s top student for 2018.
Seventeen-year-old Afatia Ioakimi from Solosolo celebrated sweet success yesterday, having being named Dux during the school’s end of year prize giving.
Ms. Ioakimi, the seventh child of Alofa Perenise and Ioakimi Bill’s eight children, collected the top awards for Science, Chemistry, Biology and Samoan Studies.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Ms. Ioakimi wanted to dedicate her achievements to not only her parents but also to everyone who believed in her.
“I just want to thank my parents for all they have done for me, for paying my school fees, my daily lunch money and so much more,” she said.
“I also want to thank my extended family and friends for the love and support that made it possible for me to come this far.”
Ms. Ioakimi said that life has been challenging but she is happy she has been able to finish well and close an important chapter in her learning.
She added that being the deputy Head Girl gave her extra motivation.
Proud mother, Alofa Perenise Ioakimi, couldn’t stop smiling.
“I’m very happy that my daughter has proven herself to us and has made all of us proud today,” she said.
“After four years of working hard, she has given us an answer that brings joy into our hearts.
“So with everything that we have witnessed and received today, I just want to thank God for not forsaking his people and for the many blessings he has blessed each and every one of us with.”
Ms. Ioakimi She is looking forward to enroll in the National University of Samoa next year and aiming for a scholarship to study aboard.