Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: Shri Baldevdas Kikani Vidya Mandir Matriculation Higher Secondary School classmates R. Monica and K. Krishnapriya have done the district proud in higher secondary examination.

Friday's results have put the two in the State map, thanks to their 198 in French. The State first mark holders also share the same total: 1185/1200.

Monica said she did expect a good mark in French, which she chose purely for scoring high marks in higher secondary. “It also gives me the advantage of studying a foreign language.”

Her aim is to pursue research in biotechnology. “I got interested in the subject while studying biology. I particularly like tissue culture.” To accomplish her dream she has applied to the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University here.

Krishnapriya chose French because she found Tamil tough. “The school did not have any other choice and so I settled for French.” She has equal interest in energy engineering and aeronautical engineering and plans to work with the Indian Space Research Organisation.

“I developed a taste for outer space from a lesson on Kalpana Chawla,” says the girl, whose hobbies include singing and drawing.

S. Sujani of Ramnagar Suburban Matriculation Higher Secondary School has secured the State third rank in Sanskrit. She has scored 198 in the subject and her total is 1186 out of 1200.

She chose Sanskrit because she liked it.

“For long I wanted to study the ancient language, which has close links with our culture. But I didn't get a chance till Class X. As soon as I got an opportunity I grabbed it.”

The girl, who has centum in Commerce and Computer Science, wants to follow her father R. Sanjeevi's footsteps and become a chartered accountant. She has already enrolled in a study centre and will take up the course without enrolling in a college.

Her other interest is reading. “I prefer Russian authors and my favourites are Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.”