It is a dream come true for five of the State second rank holders who scored 497 marks. Methodical preparation and regular class tests was the key to their achievement, they said.
M. Devishree of Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Attur, A. Dhivya Praba of Bharathi MHSS in Thammampatti, G. Durgadevi of Sree Gokulam Matriculation School in Singipuram, D. Vigneshwar of Malco Vidyalaya MHSS, Mettur Dam and J. Vinothini Ponmalar of Tagore MHSS, Deviyakurichi were among the rank holders.
“I never rush up or depend on guides. Relaxed and confident preparation enabled me to achieve this success”, said Durgadevi who had secured centum in Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Her Principal N. Tamilarasi said each student was given individual attention.
Vigneswar, who also secured three centums, attributed his success to the regular model tests in school. He wants to become a doctor. Coming from an agricultural family, Dhivya Praba says that regular preparation helped her to approach the examinations with confidence.
Her father C. Anbalagan says he did not put pressure on her to score high marks. “We had confidence in her,” he said. Vinothini also attributed her success to regular class tests.
Krishnagiri has a State second rank holder in S. Sindu of St. Joseph Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Hosur.
Twelve of the 52 second rank holders from the State are from Namakkal, including three girls.
The girls -- T. Anitha, D. Deepa and K.S. Dheebhanaa -- said they had a very tough competition in school and were among the five who were striving hard to be the class topper.
“Our teachers had confidence that at least two from our class will bag the State rank and we are very happy that we share the same score”, they said.
Anitha wants to become a psychiatrist. Her cousin Deepa wants to become a radiologist.
Dheebhana will opt for medicine or set her sights on civil services based on her score in the Plus Two examinations.
K. Vignesh of SVM MHSS in Gurusamipalayam scored a centum in four subjects – English, Maths, Science and Social Studies, braving poor living conditions. His father is a weaver.
He wants to do mechanical engineering before striving to realise his dream of becoming an IAS officer.
G. Viji of Vidhya Vikas MHSS in Tiruchengode, who also scored a centum in four subjects – English, Maths, Science and Social Studies, wants to become an engineer. T.C. Sindhiya of the same school wants to be a doctor. The parents of both the girls are rig operators of that locality.
A.K. Savitha of Sri BVM MHSS in Gurusamipalayam wants to become a cardiologist and do research in cardiology.
“Death of my grandfather due to heart attack had a deep impact in me. I want to find possibilities of saving lives of ailing heart patients”, she added. K. Kausalya of RN Oxford Matriculation School in M.G. Palayam, Paramathi Velur Taluk, wants to become a Chartered Accountant.
V. Mohanapriya, of Vetri Vikas Girls HSS School in Keeranoor near Rasipuram, wants to become an aeronautical engineer.
Her parents are powerloom workers. Understanding her condition the school offered her free education in Class X . S. Yasodha – daughter of a farmer – who studied in Avvai KSR MHSS in Tiruchengode wants to become an IAS officer.
S. Manimozhi – daughter of a truck driver – of Holy Angels MHSS, Tiruchengode, wants to become a neurologist. S. Sureka, of Kamarajar Matriculation School in Bommaikuttaimedu near Namakkal has set her sights on medicine.
Three students of Erode district, G. Muralikrishnan from Erode Hindu Kalvi Nilayam, M.V. Pavethra from Kongu Vellalar Matriculation HSS, Chennimalai, and T. K. Srimathi from Sagar Vidyabhavan, bagged the State second rank.
The results came as a surprise to Muralikrishnan. “I do not put in special efforts like preparing in the early morning and late into the night. I just listened to the lectures in the class and understood the concepts,” he said.
Muralikrishnan wants become an astronaut. “It’s my childhood dream. I was inspired by Neil Armstrong’s voyage to moon. So I will be taking up a course in aerospace after completing Plus-Two,” he says.
The boy’s father T.P. Gopalakrishnan is an oil merchant at Choolai.
Srimathi, daughter of Karuppusamy, a farmer in Kanakkampalayam village near Perundurai, says she has not decided on her career.
“I have decided to take up biology group in the higher secondary and plan my career after completing it,” she said.
Pavethra, who hails from Chennimalai, wants to pursue a career in computer science.
“I want to do something big in the area of software development. I just don’t want to be one among the software engineers working for a company,” she says.