Pu'apu'a's top student aspiring accountant

A bright young girl whose goal is to become an Accountant in the future has made her parents and her grandfather proud. 

Eseta Aiaifua, a 12 years old from Si'ufaga and Pu'apu'a, topped Pu'apu'a Primary School. 

Adding to the buzz at the celebration is the fact she has earned a spot at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) College at Tuasivi next year. 

"I am extremely happy," the reserved teen told the Samoa Observer. "I tried my very best starting from Year 1 up to my final year, and seeing the smiles on my parents' faces makes me happy."

Asked where she draws her inspirations from, the shy student said her parents are her number one supporters. 

"I look at my hard-working parents and how they struggle to make sure we are well-fed and are getting everything we need for school, pushes me to work hard.

"They have been pushing me to do my best and they keep reminding me that if I want to succeed in life, I should do my best and leave the rest to God.

"And today, I hope they are happy and proud of me and my achievement. I know it is never enough to make up for the sacrifices they make, but it's the least I could do."

While Ms. Aiaifua says she is missing her beloved school already, she is ready to embark on the next chapter of her academic life. 

"I dream of becoming an accountant in the future," she said with a smile. "And I am ready for the next step of my life, hoping to achieve my dream and make my parents happy and proud."

Her proud mother, Me Aiaifua was overwhelmed with excitement with her daughter's achievement. 

"There are no words to describe how I feel as a mother," the emotional mother told the Samoa Observer. "Any parent would be so happy and proud if their child is doing well in school. That is the ultimate goal and aim for us as parents. 

"For our children to be educated so they can have a better future. Not so they can pay us back, but because we don't want them to go through the same path we came through. 

"We don't want them to suffer and struggle in the future. Nowadays, people need that piece of paper to get a good job.

"And that's the challenge we give to our children. If others can graduate and have better futures, they can do it too. They just need to be honest, work hard, and rely on God."

Eseta is the daughter of Me and Umu Aiaifua from Siufaga and Pu'apu'a. She also topped in three subjects- mathematics, samoan and social studies.

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