Young agriculturalist tops Avele Year Nine

Punipuao Moananu is a rarity among young people.

While most of her peers have their sights set on becoming lawyers, doctors and accountants, Punipuao wants to become an Agriculturalist.

A year 9 student at Avele College, Punipuao says she loves the green environment and she sees great potential in working the land.

On Wednesday, Ms. Moananu topped Agricultural Science and she went to claim first prize in her level.

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Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Moananu said she wants to become an agriculturalist, because she loves to study animals. 

“It wasn’t something I’ve dreamt about but I’ve grown up to love our environment not only that but my family inspires me all the time,” said Moananu 

The 14-year-old said everything she has achieved is from God. 

Punipuao said that in her journey she depends on God.

“Don’t tell God how big your problem is but tell your problem how big your God is,” she said. “And we can do everything through Christ’s strength in us. So it’s not me it’s Jesus Christ.” 

She said she has a long journey in life, she has three more years to go in College and she don’t know where her future may be but she prayed that for the remaining three years of her studies in College, she will remain in Avele. 

On Wednesday, Punipuao was surrounded by her proud family, particularly her proud mother Beatrice Auva’a, her father Utulei Moananu and step-mother Ellie Moananu.

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