Aspiring doctor tops Safune Primary.
Thirteen-year-old Doris Tu'umatavai Keni was overwhelmed with joy when she was named the top student for Safune Primary School this year.
It was an achievement she was happy to share with her number one supporter, her 85-year-old grandmother, who was thrilled to hear about her granddaughter's achievement.
The reserved teen was speechless and emotional when she queried about how she felt after the school's prize giving ceremony on Thursday.
However, she immediately dedicated her achievement to the matriarch of the Tu'imatavai Keni's family from Matavai and Safune, Tala'ifetu Tu'umatavai Keni.
"I am humbled and grateful," she told the Samoa Observer. "I thank God for His love and blessings upon me. I want to express my sincere gratitude to my grandmother for her support and prayers for me."
She also acknowledged the support of her family from Matavai Safune. The shy daughter of Sera Tu'umatavai Keni fought to hold back her tears as she recalled her journey in Primary.
She admitted that she encountered many obstacles in her journey, especially during her final year, trying to juggle school work and her obligations to the church and home.
However, she said that she is now ready to embark on the next chapter of her academic life.
For someone who is passionate about helping others and serving the community, Ms. Tu'umatavai says she aspires to become a doctor in the future.
And with that in mind, the second daughter out of Sera's three children will enter Alofi-o-Taoa College next year and hopes to pursue her dream by majoring in science.
She understands that the next step of her life will be tough, but she strongly believes that with God in front and the support of her family, she will achieve all her goals in life.
Ms Keni also won first place in english, social studies, science and Samoan and is 13-years-old from the village of Matavai, Safune.
Seilala Paula from Faletagaloa Safune came second in class and Fuasou Oliva came third in class for Safune Primary graduating class of 2020.