Tamil Nadu Bureau

CHENNAI: They have had many things in common — focus, determination and consistent hard work. And now, they share another significant achievement of securing the first rank in the State in the State Board Class XII (HSC) examinations.

R. Dharani of Vidhya Vikas Higher Secondary School, Tiruchengode (Namakkal), and M. Rajeshkumar of St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Chengalpattu, scored a total of 1,182 marks each and emerged State first in the category of students who studied Tamil as their first language.

Dharani, who has scored centum in Maths, Chemistry, and Biology, 199 in Physics and 193 and 190 in Tamil and English, respectively, aspires to be a doctor. “It has been my childhood dream to pursue medicine. I prepared for my Plus Two examination with that in mind,” says Dharani. Her father T. M. Ramalingam owns power looms. Dharani topped the State even in her Class X, with 491 marks.

M. Rajeshkumar of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Chengalpattu, scored full marks in Mathematics and Biology. His 195 in Tamil and 190 in English boosted his total against his classmate Arun’s. Arun scored centums, in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Arun said he was confident that his performance in the main subjects would definitely help him secure admission in a medical course.

Among students who studied languages other than Tamil, Asha Ganesan of Anna Adarsh Matriculation Higher Secondary School stood first in the State with a whopping total of 1,191. With four centums (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science), she scored 198 in French and 193 in English.

“I am interested in foreign services as I’ve been to many countries. I love learning new languages and meeting people,” she says. However, she will pursue engineering as her basic degree and then prepare for her civil services examination.