SMART, immaculate and well-synchronised were the words Minister for Youth and Sport Viliame Naupoto used to describe Bhawani Dayal Arya College's passing-out parade yesterday.
A total of 189 students took part in the school's second passing-out parade following weeks of cadet training by military trainers.
"You were committed to the task at hand, you made mistakes, but you learnt from them, you had to work hard, and above all, you never gave up, otherwise you wouldn't be standing where you are standing now. These are the characteristics of a champion," Mr Napoto said.
He called for the students to retain those qualities at home, in school and in the community.
Interestingly, the parade was dominated by female students, who numbered 101.
Esther Tuisamoa, 17, won the best female cadet award.
She said while the training was hard work, it was "surprising but felt awesome" to win the award.
"I think we've proven plenty things, that girls can be equal to what boys can do, especially in the military," she said.
The Form Five student dedicated the win to her parents and to the military instructors.
School principal Sunil Arya said since the school began cadet training last year, it had instilled discipline in his students.
He added that they looked smarter because of the training.
"I felt very proud, very happy, seeing them marching, anybody would be very proud of them," Mr Arya said.
Form Five student Timoci Saqanivalu won the golden baton award for the best cadet.