Aspiring doctor tops Vaimoso Primary

A 13-year-old from Nu’u who dreams of becoming a doctor is the dux of Vaimoso Primary School.

Mere Junior Atanoa topped in English, science, social studies, visual arts and mathematics and dedicated her achievement to her parents and family.

“I dedicate all my trophies to my parents because of their hard work during the year and for helping me through tough times.

“And to my grandparents because I would not be here without their prayers and also all my teachers in school for always taking time out of their busy schedules to help with whatever I needed,” she said.

The dux initially wanted to become a teacher but recently changed her mind when she was encouraged by her uncle.

“My uncle told me to aim for a doctor so that I can take care of him and treat his sickness and I’m willing to go for it,” she said with a smile.

Speaking to Samoa Observer, Mere said she has been accepted into Samoa College, and she is thrilled to start next year—as that is the institution her parents want her to attend. 

Mere is the daughter of ‘Auapaau Junior and Fa’aleo Atanoa from the villages Manono and Lepea.

“We would also like to thank our Samoa Christian Universal church at Falelauniu Tai for the support they’ve shown our daughter,” Fa’aleo added. 

Mere said her academic achievement is the “best birthday present” she could ever ask for as she only turned 13 two days before her prize giving.

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