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Lionel Funaki of Ha’ano and Tongoleleka Ha’apai, Vaini Tongatapu was announced the valedictorian of Liahona High School for the year 2018.

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 2/11/2018

Lionel Funaki is the oldest child of the late Fineasi Funaki of Ha’ano, Ha’apai and Mele Toe’umu Fonua Funaki of Tongoleleka, Hihifo, Ha’apai.

Funaki thanked his parents especially his mother for the sacrifice also the teachers for their undying dedication.

I am truly honored and humbled with this academic distinction. First and foremost, I feel grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who’s mindful of all the trials and tribulations that we all go through in this life. I am grateful for the sacrifices of many, both families and friends, close relatives and acquaintances that have assisted me in this journey. It hasn’t been easy and it has taken decades as said by previous leaders, it truly takes a community to raise a child. I am really honored with this prestigious distinction. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s not a one-man effort. It’s a team work effort. A collaboration of family, friends and close relatives. I believe it all goes back to the basics.

He also encouraged his classmates to study hard for their national exams coming up.

First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate all the class of 2018 for their achievements in making it today with our graduation. And I wish them all the best with their life endeavours. Not only in Tonga but as they move on with thier tertiary programs. I also wish to wish everyone in the senior level throughout Tonga a blessed examination next week. We hope for the best and we expect the very best from the senior year all throughout the high schools in Tonga.

Funaki became the studentbody President of Liahona High School for 2018.

Funaki will leave on a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints to Chille next year.

About 196 students graduated from Liahona High School this morning.

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