PNG national defies odds

Amanda Arivu of Papua New Guinea recieves the Best cadet of St Vicent College in Natovi during the pass-out parade yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

PAPUA New Guinea national Amanda Vaughan Arivu defied the odds yesterday to walk away with the Best Cadet award at the Saint Vincent College cadet passing-out parade in Tailevu.

The 19-year-old lass from the Gulf Province in PNG said having to attend school in a foreign country was challenging, but winning the award was a push factor during her tenure of study here in Fiji.

“I didn’t expect to win this award because there were a lot of students with the same capabilities to achieve this award,” she said.

“I feel like I have raised the name of my country in my own small way and I’m proud of myself.”

More than 300 students were part of the passing-out parade.

Awardees: ?Best Company Drill- St John House ? Best Company in Compound- St Joseph House ? Best Company in Barrack- St John House ? Best Cadet- Amanda Arivu ? Baton of Honour Award- Nabete Manuele ?

MORE coverage and pictures from the Ratu Sukuna Memorial School and St Vincent College passing-out parades in tomorrow’s paper