Dux dedicates success to parents

By Marc Membrere 27 November 2021, 11:40PM

St. Joseph's College student Napoleon Stanley has been named the dux of the college and immediately dedicated his academic success to his parents.

Napoleon, who is from the villages of Vaiusu and Lalovaea, was named the college's top student during a prize-giving ceremony held at the Centennial Hall at Alafua on Saturday.

A rugby fanatic, Napoleon not only took the school's top award, but also claimed the top spot in his Commerce, English, Economics and Health and Physical Education class.

In an interview with the Samoa Observer on Saturday, Napoleon explained that his happiness has been boosted as his parents and family are happy with his achievements.

"No other questions to be asked about how I feel right now, I feel happy," Napoleon told the Samoa Observer.

"I, first of all, thank God. I know that there is nothing else but happiness right now."

Napoleon said ever since he was in Year 9 his placing has never changed, as he would always take the top award.

"It's not easy, it's not an easy pathway that I took," he said.

He said that there were many challenges present since Year 9 and he had to be consistent in all subjects he took to get high marks. 

In terms of a job he is looking towards in the future, he has not chosen one but said it will all depend on what he will be studying at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S).

Napoleon had dedicated his achievements to his parents for their struggles from when he was in Year 9 all the way to Year 13, adding that achievements are something in return for the love they have given him.

He then thanked his family and also Tuatagaloa Ming Leung Wai, the President of the Form 4 Class of 88 of St. Joseph's College for the scholarship he was awarded in Year 9 to Year 13.

Napoleon's father, Asiata Leon Stanley told the Samoa Observer on Saturday about how proud he was of his son's achievements.

"There are two things that he is really good at. He puts all of his strength into sports, especially in rugby and he also puts all of his strength into his studies," he said.

"When he studies, he studies, even though late at night [...], sometimes early in the morning at 3 am he is doing his studies. 

"As a father there are no other words to compare this to, just happy."

Asiata also gave thanks to the lord for his son's achievements, saying they always talked to him as his son was overwhelmed with his liking for sports.

"So I challenged him, you have to meet the marks. The least would be eighty, eighty plus. But the marks I wanted in order for him to play sports like rugby because he's a fanatic in rugby, get ninety and for sure you can go for rugby," he said.

"I will buy your shoes or whatever you want, as long as it's ninety-plus."

Asiata, like Napoleon, thanked the class that had offered his son a scholarship, which according to him benefited eight students in the class including Napoleon, and was a huge assistance to the family.


By Marc Membrere 27 November 2021, 11:40PM
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