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Proud:Rashmi Aursang (seated second from left) of Vasavadatta Vidya Vihar, Sedam, with other members of the school team that won the President's Medal.
Proud:Rashmi Aursang (seated second from left) of Vasavadatta Vidya Vihar, Sedam, with other members of the school team that won the President's Medal.

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Rashmi Aursang has won the President's Medal given to select Scouts and Guides

GULBARGA: The indomitable spirit of Rashmi Aursang has led her to add another feather in her cap.

Rashmi, who is paralysed below the waist, has won the prestigious President's Medal given to select Scouts and Guides in the country.

Rashmi, a 10th standard student, will be awarded the medal along with six other students of Vasavadatta Vidya Vihar at Sedam in Gulbarga district: Deepika Mahipal Reddy, Praveena Ramesh Prasad, Bhavana Laxminivas, Tasmieena Ali, Shivaleela Totappa and Megha Rao.

The same team had won the Governor's Medal given to Scouts and Guides who pass the tough written and physical endurance tests conducted at the district, divisional and State levels.

Incidentally, Rashmi will be the first girl with disability to receive the highest honour given to Scouts and Guides in the country. The President's Medal will be presented in New Delhi.

A proud principal of the Vasavadatta Vidya Vihar Neeta Purohit told The Hindu here on Thursday that this was for the second year in succession that students of the school had won the President's Medal.

The school also had the honour of having the highest number of students who were eligible for the President's Medal from the district this year, the principal said. Of the 14 students qualified from the district to receive the President's Medal, seven are from the school. Rashmi, who has a passion for music, dance, and indoor games, has won many awards. She has participated in several indoor games and is an emerging chess player. Her dance performances (in wheelchair) in Hyderabad, Gulbarga and Pune have won her appreciation and awards.

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