Ross Hansell St. Joseph's Dux for 2019

Ross Hansell has made his family extremely proud.

On Friday, he was declared the Dux of Saint Joseph’s College during their annual prize giving in the school hall attended by parents, families, friends and supporters of the school.

The school postponed its prize giving last year due to the measels crisis.

But Mr. Hansell, son of Agnes and Francis Hansell, from Vaoala, finally had his moment to celebrate yesterday.

The 16-year-old was also the top Science student, coming first in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Studies, and English.

“I dedicate my achievements towards my parents, they were there for me every step of the way pushing me to do my best in school,” he said.

“All the hard work, restless and sleepless nights of studying have paid off and I give back the glory to God for his guidance and blessings.

“In life there are always challenges and for me there was always a feeling of wanting to have fun and not study but my parents kept reminding me that education is very important for a better future.

“I acknowledge my teachers, tutors and my parents for helping me throughout my academic year.”

Mr. Hansell said that he is currently enrolled at the National University of Samoa’s Foundation level but has not decided what he wants to pursue in the future.

He told the students of Saint Joseph’s College to strive for the best in this year’s educational journey and to make their parents proud.

“2019 has been an unforgettable year in the history of our country and also on our school amidst the measles epidemic.

“We pray for the souls of those that were lost to the measles crisis and may our Heavenly Father comfort the grieving families.

“If our lives were saved from this disease we must put it into good use, it is our chance to do what is right which coincides with our school motto.”


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