A school girl hailing from the district, Bollam Vaishnavi, won the Balaratna Award at the competition held by the Jawahar Bala Bhavan on Children’s Day.

She received the award from Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at a function held on Wednesday.

Daughter of B. Venkateswarlu of Advocates Colony, she is a student of class VIII at SR Edu Centre in Hanamkonda.

Learning Kuchipudi dance under the tutelage of B. Sudheer Rao, Baby Vaishnavi earned many laurels including the first place in Kuchipudi sub-juniors at the 43rd All India competition organised by the Navya Nataka Samithi in 2010.