City students shine in Plus Two exams

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: After a whole year of ardour, it was time to reap the rewards for city students S. Ramya and T. Rupika of DAV Matriculation Higher Secondary School (Gopalapuram). The joy for these top two State rank holders in the Higher Secondary Class Twelve Examinations was all the more as they happen to be best friends at school.

Ramya scored 1,182 out of 1,200 marks to bag the first rank in Tamil Nadu. Her friend Rupika, who scored 1,180 marks, is placed second in the State. Both studied Tamil as their first language and scored centums in Mathematics and Chemistry.

Ramya and Rupika said they often discussed challenging portions of the syllabus in school. There is also a similarity in terms of their career ambitions as both aspire to pursue medicine and hope to be classmates at medical college too.

Ramya's father V. Selvaraj, who works in the systems department of The Hindu , said she worked very hard throughout the year. "Her consistent effort has paid off," he said.

"Apart from scoring well in the core subjects, I thought it was also important to score well in English and the languages as it would boost my total," Ramya said. She was a student of DAV (CBSE) till Class X, when she scored 486 out of 500 marks.

Ramya's circle of well-wishers went beyond the school head and teachers. School ayah Lakshmi said, "It is wonderful to see our children do well."

Ramya's success was extra special for the school's support staff as her grandfather recently retired from service as watchman of the CBSE wing of the school after a nearly 15-year stint.

Ramya's friend, Rupika, was drawn to the science stream because of her passion for medicine. "I told myself that my class twelve marks would be the deciding factor in the absence of a CET and put in extra effort," said the girl. Her father, V. K. Tirupathi, a practising Chartered Accountant, has left Rupika free to choose her career. He knows too well about his daughter's passion for science.

R. Swaathi of DAV Matriculation Higher Secondary School (Choolaimedu), who studied Sanskrit, scored 1,187 marks to secure the second rank in the State.

T.P. Viswanath of DAV Matriculation Higher Secondary School (Gopalapuram) and M. Padma Lavanya of Swami Dayanand Anglo Vedic School (Adambakkam) were placed third in State among those who studied languages other than Tamil. They scored a total of 1,186 marks. Padma Lavanya scored centums in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, while Viswanathan scored centums in Mathematics and Physics.

For Viswanath, it was exciting to be informed of his results by his father's company. An executive with BSNL his father K. Prabhakaran said, "I was doubly happy when I saw his results on my phone, after I messaged the SMS code to BSNL."

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