Anasuya Menon

COIMBATORE: "I don't believe in following a strict study regime. I watched TV while studying," says N. Aruna of St. Francis Anglo Indian Girls High School. She secured the third rank in the State in the Class X examinations (Anglo Indian Board), the results of which were announced on Thursday.

Having scored 958 out of 1,000, Aruna says she has her future planned out. After Plus-Two, she wants to do her graduation in commerce and then a degree in journalism. "I want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism," she says.

A consistent performer in school, Aruna says she did not do any special preparation for the board examinations. The coaching at school and special tuitions in Maths and Science were enough to give a strong foundation in all the subjects, she says. However, a hint of despair appears on her face when she realises that she missed the second rank by two marks.

An ardent follower of sports, she enjoys analysing football, tennis and cricket. Aruna does not believe in spoon-fed knowledge. "There is a lot one can learn from the television and from observing one's surroundings," she adds.

She has scored 96/100 in Tamil, 171/200 in English, 199/200 in Maths, 299/300 in Science and for History and Geography, 193/200.

District topper

It was year of hard work for D. Surendran of Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Swami Shivananda Higher Secondary School. But, as his teachers and parents agree, his efforts have borne fruit. He secured first rank in the State Board category in the Coimbatore revenue district.

Having secured a total of 483 out of 500, he aims to pursue higher studies in Science. "I want to become a doctor," he says. "Biology is my favourite subject. By becoming a doctor, I can serve the poor," he says.