Meafou Toloa is dux of Laumua o Punaoa
Meafou Toloa is the 2018 Dux for Laumua o Punaoa, a Methodist Technical and Creative Centre at Faleula.
The 19-year-old daughter of Meafou and Leiataua Toloa from the village of Toamua, she was overall top performer in the second year class of 2018 and came first in communication, mathematics, and Christian education but came third in computer studies.
“I am truly thankful that I have achieved such an achievement like this, but in every journey if we want to attain a goal we have to be prepared to go through so many obstacles.
“I admit it was not easy to budget my time wisely but also help my family with chores but I am happy to say that I did this all for them.
“I am simply ecstatic that God has helped me throughout my journey but not forgetting the never-ending support from my parents,” she said.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, she said there were times she wanted to give up but it was her parents who kept her going.
“At times I would be confused with some of the work given but I pushed myself so I can aim high and achieve my dreams.
“But with everything I did, I kept looking back at my parents and their sacrifice just so I can have a better future.
“And not forgetting providing them with a better life so I can repay their kindness and they fought so hard just for my sake,” she added.
Becoming an accountant in a bank is her dream and she has vowed to work hard to achieve that dream.
“The reason why I chose this is because I like mathematics and that this particular subject will help me in the area of finance.
“I just want to thank everyone like my parents, families, friends but most importantly our Heavenly Father for everything that has helped me face everything,” she said.
Other awards were the first year overall student, which was won by Ruta Afasene while the award for Student of the Year went to Alaivaa Ioane. The award for best leadership went to Alis Lui.
More graduation stories and pictures on pages 6-7.