The board examination results are finally out, and those ranked first share their secrets.

The board examinations results are announced and the schools that are part of The Hindu's NIE programme have achieved excellent results. The toppers attributed their success to hard work and focused effort. They were not only exultant after the results were announced but also shared their success mantra. Here is what some of them said.

Balancing act

Savitha. S., the topper in Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE) at Sri Kumaran Public School, who has secured 97 per cent said, "I used to pay attention in class. I did not slog on a day-to-day basis. I believe in balancing studies with other activities. Teachers were my source of constant strength and support. I owe this success to them. I am glad that I have been able to do justice to the tremendous effort put in by the teachers."

Archana Menon, the topper in ICSE at Ryan International School, Kundalahalli with 93.57 per cent aggregate said that it was not "all work and no play" for her. She has scored a centum in Computer Applications. “I started serious organised study in February, with support from my family. The key to success is concentration, hard work and effective utilisation of time. And, it does not mean neglecting all other interests. To keep myself motivated, I pursued my hobbies and took part in all school activities, fulfilled my duties as a leader and even went camping,” she said.

Motivated

Abinav Ramesh. S., the topper at V.E.T. School, J. P. Nagar who scored 617 marks in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination said that he had a strong desire for the top rank in the board examination. He attributed his success to his parents, friends and teachers who motivated him throughout. He thanked his friends who shared extra information. He felt that reading additional reference books helped him to a great extent.

Rachitha. K.R., the topper at Presidency School, Nandini Layout in SSLC examinations, said that it was important work towards the set goal. "My teachers and parents were supportive and helped in every way," she said.