Udhagamandalam: The Saint Thomas Higher Secondary School, Gudalur, cornered the glory in the 2010 Plus Two examinations, the results of which were announced on Friday. Its student M. Nisha Rose topped the district with 1166 marks.
She was followed by S. Akilesh of the Stanes Higher Secondary School, Coonoor who scored 1153 marks. The third slot was occupied by I. Neshriya of the Saint Thomas Higher Secondary School, Gudalur with 1151 marks.
J. Klins of Bharath Matha Higher Secondary School, Uppatty stood State first in Malayalam with 193 marks.
Stating that she was elated, Nisha Rose, daughter of a tailor Mohamed Ali, told ‘The Hindu' that she would strive to become an engineer and later pursue her ambition to become an IAS officer.
Akilesh, son of an employee of the Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation D. Sivaji hailing from Anikorai village near here, said that he was also interested in becoming an IAS officer.
Neshriya, daughter of a private sector employee Ibrahim, said that her desire was to become a teacher and added that her role model was her eighth standard teacher who was no more.
While greeting them, Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik said that students should choose their careers early and try to excel in their chosen vocation.
Chief Educational Officer G. Rajalakshmi said that the pass percentage was 81 as against 78 last year.
Out of 7,181 students, including 3,994 girls, who had appeared for the exams, 5,819 had got through.
The top three rankers among the Government Higher Secondary Schools were C. Ashok of GHSS, Thuneri with 1087 marks, R. Manigandan of GHSS, Anikorai (1056) and R. Punitha Devi, GHSS, Bitherkad (1043).