'There's no substitute for hard work'

Published: 01st June 2013 07:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st June 2013 07:32 AM   |  A+A-

C S Sharumathi who emerged one among the nine state toppers in the Class X Board Examination, securing 498/500, could not believe she had done it. A student of Shristhi Matriculation Higher Secondary School here, she said, “I was expecting to emerge a school topper, but I was surprised.”  Her father Chakravarthi is  an ex-serviceman while her mother Sumathi is a teacher at a government school.

She scored a centum in the core subjects and 99 each in Tamil and English. Sharumathi said she used to rank among the top five in all the classes so far. “I am basically a hard worker and I never used to pile up my lessons,” she said.  “I avoided mobile phones but used to watch television occasionally,” she said.  Sharumathi wants to become a scientist. “I am more focused on research. I am looking forward to joining institutions like IIT or organisations like ISRO where I can contribute more,” she said.

The school correspondent Rajendran said that two more students - G Hema Shruthi and S Sathyavani - have also secured 497/500 marks each to bag the second rank in the State.

S Vinusha a student of Auxilium Girls Higher Secondary School here is a state topper with a total of 498/500 marks. She missed one mark each in the languages while securing centum in the core subjects. Her father Chakravarthi works as a supervisor in a private company here while her mother is a home maker. Her sister is an engineering student.

What is the secret behind her success? “I am an early riser and I revise everything I studied both at school and at home during this period,” she said. Teachers took a lot of interest in providing special coaching for the toppers in the class on Sundays, she added. She was not fascinated by mobile phone or television. “My dream is to become a doctor or an aeronautical engineer depending on the opportunities I get,” she told Express. All the 102 students in her class have passed while her classmate  G Dhanashree emerged State second ranker with 497/500.


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