K. Lakshmi

Friends, relatives troop in throughout the day to offer congratulations

CHENNAI: It was a hectic day for the five top rank holders of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) 12th standard examination after the results were declared on Wednesday. Their phones rang incessantly and all roads seemed to lead to their homes as friends and relatives kept trooping in throughout the day to offer congratulations.

K. Vijayakumar of DAV Boys Senior Secondary School at Gopalapuram, who topped in the Chennai region, with cent per cent marks in Engineering Drawing, said he owed his success to hard work and stiff competition in his school. His total score read 490 out of 500.

"It was not just all studies throughout the year for me. I watch my favourite sport football on television and play whenever I found time," he said. Vijayakumar, who plans to take up electronics engineering as a career, is awaiting results of entrance examinations that he had taken a few days ago. His father V. Keerthivasan said that Vijayakumar had topped the 10th CBSE exams too.

Sharing the top slot with him in the 12th standard was Nisha Hariharan, a student of Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram. She scored centums in Biology and Maths. "I expected to score school first marks. This came as a treat." Though she found Biology a "little tough", she was happy that she secured good marks. Like Vijayakumar, she was also a topper in the 10th exam.

The common thread that connects the rank holders in the city is that they believe in systematic study and a good understanding of the subject. The city had two students Sindhu Hariharan of P.S. Senior Secondary School and Prerna Shah of Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram sharing the second rank with 489 marks.

Sindhu Hariharan, who wants to become a chartered accountant, dedicated her victory to teachers and her family. "I checked my results at least four times before I could believe it." Though apprehensive about English and Economics, she was happy that the marks scored in these subjects helped boost the total marks.

For Prerna Shah who scored centum in Economics and Accountancy, it was the class tests that enabled her to score the second rank. Apart from an eight-hour daily study schedule, she made time for Kuchipudi dance too.

R. Rohini of DAV Girls Senior Secondary, Gopalapuram, stood third in the region with 488 marks. Rohini has been attending IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) coaching classes for two years and wants to get admitted to either computer science or electronics engineering course at the premier institution.