By BOURA GORUKILA
TOP student Beasley Tanu wants to be a doctor someday to serve the sick.
And he is confident of achieving his goal – thanks to the support he is enjoying from his mother and uncles.
Beasley,19, received the Gerehu Secondary School 2019 Dux award during the Grade 12 graduation. He topped the class in Advanced Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. He came third in Biology.
“A big thank you to my beloved mum who is always there for me. You’ve always played a fatherly role and motherly role in our lives. Thank you so much mum.
“I am also grateful to my uncles for their support, guidance and words of encouragement. It’s them who continue to shape and mould me to be who I am. Without them, I would have followed the wrong path.”
The family is from Babagarubu in Rigo, Central.
Beasley is the eldest in a family of four: Japheth 17, is in Grade Nine at Kemabolo High School, Ezra, 14, is in Grade 7 and Gima, 11, is in Grade 5 both at St Paul’s Primary School in Port Moresby.
Their mother Theresa Tanu raised them after their dad left the family in 2009.
Beasley thanked teachers at Gerehu Secondary “for imparting knowledge and skills in me”.
Beasley and his brothers live with their mum and uncles at Gerehu.
Mum Theresa, 47, is a cost analyst with BNG Trading. His uncles are also working.
Uncle Gimatanu Kilagi knows that Beasley will be successful as he had been performing well in school since Grade Eight.
“ Success doesn’t come easy. It’s your hard work, dedication, commitment that will help you succeed in life.”
“We realised that he always scores 92 to 95 out of 100. He got the Grade Eight dux and scored with distinction in Grade 10. For Grade 12, it’s a special year of transition. We are blessed and so proud. “Having to get first prize in all the tough subjects, getting the science dux and also the overall 2019 dux is very special to us.
“We support him and his siblings and their mother. We sacrificed a lot for them too because they are the ones who will support us in return. They are our future.”
Beasley feels blessed to be surrounded by a loving and caring family. He wants to repay his family one day. It is why he is working harder.
“Success doesn’t come easy. It’s your hard work, dedication, commitment that will help you succeed in life.”
He completed primary education in 2015 at St Paul’s Primary School and Grade Nine to 12 at Gerehu.
He is awaiting his grade result and hopes to progress to tertiary education next year.
He believes he has done exceptionally well.
His advice to his peers is “not look down on yourself when you are tied up in situations”.
“Always try to find your way out. See those situations as an encouragement or a challenge. Just aim high. Trust God to achieve your goals. Suffer now and you will enjoy later.”