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We will not stop praying

"We'll be praying... and we'll never stop."

That is the cry of faith among friends of Nico Giovanni.

Nico, 17, was on AirAsia flight QZ8501 when it went missing en route from Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday.

The Indonesian holds a Singapore Ministry of Education scholarship and had studied at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

He recently completed his first year at St Andrew's Junior College (SAJC).

His friends at ACS(I) described him as a friend who is always jovial and ever ready to lend a helping hand.

"He's good at everything, especially maths," said ACS(I) student Joshua Tay, 17.

"He joked a lot but was always available to help us with homework and our studies."

Joshua, who was classmates with Nico for the two years he was in ACS(I), said Nico would help with homework before school even started, taking time to explain how to solve equations.

HAPPY

"He is always happy, always jovial, and he just shrugs off his difficulties," said Joshua.

"He was one of the best students, scoring seven points for his L1R5 in his O levels - even though he struggled with English."

Joshua added that Nico, who stayed in the boarding school while at ACS(I), excelled in badminton and was also in the St John Ambulance Brigade.

"I pray that Nico and his family will come back safe and unscathed," said Joshua.

"But especially Nico, because he was a close friend."

On Facebook, Nico's friend Fernaldy Frumentius posted a picture of Nico with the caption: "We'll be praying for you and we'll never stop before we receive any confirmation."

Another friend from SAJC, who declined to be named, said: "He is kind-hearted and someone who always brings joy to others."

SAJC principal Lee Bee Yann said: "The college is in contact with Nico's relatives, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

"We are also providing support to our students."

He is always happy, always jovial, and he just shrugs off his difficulties.

- Joshua Tay on his former classmate Nico Giovanni, who was on AirAsia flight QZ8501