The announcement of the results of Higher Secondary examinations conducted on Tuesday paved way for an unusual reason to cheer for the M.D. Seminary Higher Secondary School. That two of its wards Savio Tom and Deepak G. Anil - had secured cent per cent marks in all of the subjects they had appeared brought double delight. Their performances come a year after they had performed a similar feat in their Plus One examinations.

Savio Tom, who hails from Athirampuzha, had opted for the Humanities stream. Interestingly, his decision to pursue the stream of his choice was delayed by a bit. Fresh off a strong performance in his CBSE Board examinations of the 10th Grade that was completed at SFS Public School of Ettumanoor, Savio had initially opted for the Science stream after relenting to his father’s liking. Soon after, he made up his mind to pursue Humanities after reasoning with his parents that the related subjects would be of immense assistance while working towards his ambition of ensuring a good performance in the Civil Services Examination at some point in the future. This had prompted him to seek admission at the school that later assisted him in attaining the rare success.

Savio has also been involved in various extra-curricular activities. He has bagged top positions in the English Essay and English Oration competitions at the State School Youth Festival in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He currently awaits the results of the entrance examination conducted to the BA LLB. programme at the National Law University, Delhi.

Deepak G. Anil, a resident of Kumaranalloor, has always aspired to pursue a career in research-oriented engineering. His decision to opt for the Science stream after completing his 10th grade at the Devi Vilasam Vocational High School of Kumaranalloor was never a result of parental pressure. He had secured A+ grade in every subject of the SSLC examination. His teachers vouch that his focus towards excelling in his stream has remained unwavering throughout the course of his higher secondary education.

Deepak has also participated in several technical competitions. Notable among them are the A+ grades he had secured twice consecutively at the State School IT Fest. Reji Abraham, the principal of M.D. Seminary Higher Secondary School, says that his performance has been instrumental in the school being adjudged as the Best School of 2011-12 in the HSS category at the state-level competition.

Savio, who has been a student at a CBSE school until his 10th grade, is all praise for the State Syllabus. “There is a widespread feeling that State schools have not been able to match up to the standards of CBSE schools in the State. Contrarily, I have felt that the State syllabus paves way for individual attention for students by their teachers. Moreover, as opposed to the system followed among CBSE schools, the academic curriculum has always rewarded those who have excelled his extra-curricular activities. “

The awe-struck teenagers accept that the efforts of their teachers and the school management are what had ultimately led to his achievement that they have always dreamt about. “Our achievement is the perfect “guru dakshina” that we could offer to our teachers”, they say.

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