S.Mary Vasanthapriya, student of St.Joseph's Girls Higher Secondary school came first in Thanjavur district scoring 490 out of 500 in the tenth standard examinations, results for which were announced on Wednesday.

Daughter of Lourdusamy, a businessman, and Rakini Mary, Headmistress of Panchayat Union School at Kantharvakottai, Vasanthapriya expressed her desire to become a doctor after completing Plus Two. “It is by God's grace and I am very happy,” she said when asked about her feelings on coming first in the district.

Three students shared the second rank in the district by scoring 489 out of 500. They are P.Surya of St.Isabella Girls Higher Secondary school at Pattukottai, A.Prabhu of Government Boys Higher Secondary School at Peravurani, R.Rajarajan of Laurel Higher Secondary school at Pallikondan near Pattukottai.

Surya and Prabhu expressed their desire to become aeronautical engineers. Third rank was also shared by two students _ N.Rajkumar of Laurel Higher Secondary School at Pallikondan near Pattukottai and S.Swamiya of Sacred Heart Girls Higher Secondary School at Thanjavur, scoring 488 out of 500.

Collector M.S.Shanmugham and Chief Educational Officer V.Kumar congratulated the rank holders and presented them with books and certificates.

Kumar said that the district recorded 92.37 percentage of pass. Out of the total of 27157 students who wrote the examinations, 25,085 passed out. Of 12,830 boys, 11,633 passed out. A total of 14327 girls wrote the examinations out of which 13,452 passed. While the boys pass percentage was 90.67, girls pass percentage was 93.89.

“We have improved the pass percentage in the past three years. During 2007-08 it was 86.7, during 2008-09, it was 91.2 and during 2009-10, it was 92.37,” said Mr.Kumar. A total of 247 schools held the tenth standard examinations. Out of them 77 have achieved centum results. Out of them 53 are Government schools, 17, government aided schools and seven self financing schools.

In the Matriculation stream, A.Firdoz Banu of Gandhi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madukkur got the first rank in the district, scoring 486 out of 500. K.Gayathri of Christ The King Matriculation Higher Secondary school, Kumbakonam, got the second rank scoring 483 out of 500.

Third rank was shared by three students R.Manojkumkar of Gandhi Matriculation Higher Secondary school, Madukkur, S.Suryan of Kamala Subramaniam Matriculation Higher Secondary school, Thanjavur and R.Abhinaya of ARR Matriculation Higher Secondary school, Kumbakonam. They scored 482 out of 500.Suryan of Kamala Subramaniam Matriculation Higher Secondary school attributed his achievement to team work of the school under the guidance of correspondent S.Valliappan.

In the Matriculation scheme, 78 schools wrote the examinations. Out of them 33 got centum results.