Rasappan Sandhiya, who has shared the second place with three others in Plus-Two examinations, is just a step away from the close-to-heart wish of becoming a doctor.

Sandhya, hailing from an agrarian family in Namakkal district, has been nursing her ambition of becoming a doctor since the days of her childhood. “My parents Rasappan and Shanthi and her elder brother Arunkumar who is doing engineering at Anna University have been the sources of inspiration while my teachers synergised my entire energy towards achieving the objective,” she said. Her hard work had paid rich dividends.

Her school, Vivekanandha Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pandamangalam, had erupted into joy when the announcement that Sandhiya had bagged the second rank was made. Her class teachers claimed that they knew very well that she would come out in flying colours. “What they instructed me I followed. My aim is to serve the rural poor amid whom I grew,” Sandhiya said.

In her grand total of 1,186, she scored centum in Maths, Biology and Physics and missed it by a whisker in Chemistry (199).Another girl to bring laurel to Namakkal district was S. Mano Chitra of Kurunji Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Kavettipatti, Namakkal, who came third in the rank list with a total of 1,185 including centum in Computer Science and Maths, and shared it with five others at the state level.

She dedicated the performance to her teachers and parents. Her father S Sridharan is working in BSNL in Namakkal. She prefers Anna University for her higher studies in Electronics and Communications. “I want to become a Collector to serve the people of my country,” she pointed out.

Cardiologists

Plus Two examination state second rank holders C. Karunya and M. Dinesh of Sri Vidya Mandhir Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Uthangarai in Krishnagiri district have scored 1186 marks out of 1200. Dinesh scored centum in physics, chemistry, biology and maths and scored 193 marks in Tamil and English. C. Karunya got centum in two subjects – biology and maths and scored 198 in physics and chemistry and 195 each in Tamil and English.

C. Karunya wants to study medicine and specialise in cardiology and serve the poor. She credits her achievement to the sustained support and encouragement from parents, correspondent, principal and teachers of Sri Vidya Mandhir Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Uthangarai and dedicates her success to them. Karunya's father T. Chandrasekaran is a lawyer in Harur court. Mother Muraleeswari is a home maker.

M. Dinesh too wants to become a cardiologist. He thanked the management, teachers and parents for their support and encouragement. Dinesh's father Mr. Manohar is an assistant engineer in Injambakkam in Chennai. Mother M. Shantha is a home maker.

IAS officer

B. Abinaya of Bharathi Vidya Bhavan Matriculation Higher Secondary School here secured the State third rank by scoring 1,185 marks in the Plus-Two examinations. She scored centum in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics, 192 in English and 193 in Tamil. A native of Manickampalayam here, Abinaya aspires to become an IAS officer after completing a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. “I got the inspiration to become an IAS officer from a friend of our family, who is now preparing for the Civil Services,” she told The Hindu. “The good coaching and frequent tests at the school has helped me to score better in the examinations,” she added.

Abinaya, daughter of S. Balakrishnan and B. Rajeshwari, thanked the teachers and the school management for encouraging her to score better.

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