Samauga Primary head girl's hard work rewarded
Thirteen-year-old Jefina Filisi Spitzenberg from Samauga and Fatuvalu is a strong believer in the ideal that hard work pays off.
And on Thursday her motivation was rewarded.
After overcoming many obstacles this year, not only as a Year 8 student but also as the female leader for Samauga Primary School, she was named the dux of the school at a prize-giving.
She said the achievement was no easy feat.
"It has been a long and challenging journey," she said.
"I am very happy and excited that I have completed my academic journey in primary.
"About my achievement, what can I say? I guess it's true what they say that you reap what you sow.
"I worked really hard from the beginning to get to where I am today so I am relieved that I was able to achieve my goals and make my parents and family proud.
"It has been a tough and challenging journey, but as I grow older, I realise that nothing comes easy in this life."
The daughter of Filisi and Naomi acknowledged the support of her families, friends, and teachers throughout her primary education.
"The truth is, I would not have made it this far if it weren't for [their] support and encouragement,” she said.
"I am most grateful to our school's principal for her contribution and hard work. I am grateful for all the lessons and words of encouragement I got from her."
While Jefina says she is going to miss Samauga Primary she is now ready to embark on the next chapter of her academic life.
"My parents have decided to take me to Apia and [are] hoping I [will] get a spot at Vaiola College next year," she told the Samoa Observer.
"I will carry with me the values and lessons I learned from Samauga wherever I go and to the next step of my life."
The school’s Head Girl also topped English, Science, and Health and Physical Education.