Student of class IV at Carmel School, Padmanabhanagar, Varsha Raghuram -
scored the highest marks in English in The International Assessment for
Indian Schools conducted by University of New South Wales. The Carmel School - Principal Sribala Srinivisan said she was keen on developing her English language skills from class I. “We at Carmel wish her all the best and hope to see her scaling great heights. As Varsha was happy to receive this honour and expressed gratitude to her parents and teachers.
Laxmi Angadi, of Udikeri village in Bailhongal taluk, Belagavi, scored 93.4%, securing the 3rd highest rank in Ramalingeshwar High School. Always a good student, excellent in extra-curricular activities as well. But it hasn't been smooth sailing for Laxmi. After her father Shivappa's death, her mother Nilavva donned the mantle of breadwinner. Even Laxmi chipped in. The duo worked as daily wagers on fields, earning Rs 50 a day. But Laxmi didn't compromise on her studies. Her teacher Nagesh Nayak reported that she scored less marks in English. They have decided to apply for re-evaluation. “I am confident she will get at least 90. If she does, she'll be the school topper. I have seen her perseverance for the past three years,“ he said.
Krithika was witness to the constant struggle life became for her mother, who toiled to bring up her two daughters. But a gritty Krithika came out stronger in the face of adversity. The 15-year-old is among the highest rankers from BBMP schools in SSLC exams. She secured 91%. Krithika hopes to get into MES College, She stated that "I want to become an IAS officer but I'm taking up science because biology is my favourite subject". She wants to ban liquor as she saw her father turn to alcohol in tough times. She also wants to abolish the caste system. She feels education should be free for children up to 18 years. Having seen her teachers at the BBMP school struggle, travelling from Whitefield and Kengeri to Ganga Nagar every day, she hopes the government will take better care of educators. As for now, she plans to learn western dance, a dream that was put on hold for 1 year.
Atri Garg was born on June 18, 2003 of Vikaspuri, Delhi. He has authored a poem book named “Sau baal Kavitayen” in which he has written total 100 poems in a four line verse format. This book has been published by Amar Satya Prakashan.
Neha Manglik is the first girl since 2009 to score a 100 percentile. She is also the only female topper this year.Neha was a brilliant student in school too. She scored 96% in class 10 and 92% in class 12. At present, she is in her final year at BITS Pilani, Rajasthan, studying chemical engineering. Neha plans to do an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.