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Toppers hog the limelight

Staff Reporter

They feel relieved and satisfied that all the hard work has paid off





(From left): A. Subalakshmi, J. Naraya Stephen and R. Revand

PUDUCHERRY: For A. Subalakshmi, student of the Vivekananda Higher Secondary School, the routine of getting up at 4 a.m. every day over the last one year had finally paid off.

When she reached her school on Friday morning to check her results in the SSLC examinations, little did she know that she would be the centre of attention among her family and friends for the rest of the day.

“My aim is to enter the Indian Administrative Service and help the people,” said the daughter of a government school teacher, who said he was pleasantly surprised with her score of 495, though he expected her to be the school's topper.

While she cut down on TV watching in the last 12 months, Ms. Subalakshmi said that once the goals were set, the efforts were a pleasure. “I was able to achieve this because of my hard work. Coupled with the encouragement I received from my parents and teachers, I was able to realise the goal,” she said.

Mixed emotions

However, for J. Naraya Stephen, student of the Thiru Vi Ka Government Higher Secondary School, the moment was both a happy one and trifle disappointing. While he was happy because he secured the first rank among government school students with 493 marks, he was also disappointed as he missed the top spot by a margin of just two marks.

His father, who works as a welder in a private company, said that the boy could recite all the 1330 thirukkurals from memory and loved the Tamil language. This had also helped him win several prizes in essay writing and drama competitions.

But this extremely shy student, who constantly tried to evade the cameras that were trying to get a glimpse of him, said that he too wanted to become an IAS officer.

At ease

On the other hand, R. Revand, who secured the first rank in the matriculation examinations and who belonged to the Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School, was at ease while facing the cameras. Replying to questions from reporters, the boy said that he was fascinated by the science of neurology and wished to become a neurologist one day and serve the people.

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