These state topper girls come from the rural hinterland

Family members and friends feed sweet to Srujana D, a student of St Philomena English High School, Attibele, who has scored 625/625 in SSLC examination, in Anekal on Tuesday.

Two girls from rural background has topped the state in SSLC examination results by scoring full marks in all the subjects.

Srujana D from St Philomena English High School, Anekal taluk of Bengaluru Rural district and Naganjali Parameshwar Naik from Vidyagiri Kalabag, Kumta, Uttara Kannada district scored 100% by securing 625 on 625. Also, 11 students have secured second place by scoring 624 on 625.

Srujana and Naganjali, who are on Cloud Nine, aspire to become doctors.

“I expected to score more than 620, but 625 has come as a surprise. I gave up all my extra-curricular activities and stuck to my syllabus for one year. My father, who is a science teacher, guided me by creating a study plan for me. I use to study 6 hours a day,” Srujana told DH.

Another topper Naganjali Parameshwar Naik, daughter of an exserviceman, said she used to study for 4-5 hours a day.

She said, “Our school started classes much in advance, from April 2018. The teachers helped us by giving us a study time-table so that each subject got enough time.” Srujana did expect to be among the toppers.

Among 11 students who have secured second place, four are from Bengaluru city. Sairam S, of Little Lilly’s English School, Vidyaranyapura, is among those who missed the 100% feat by one mark.

“I have lost one mark in social science. I did expect to score full marks. But was a little unsure about one of the answers in social science,” said Sairam, whose mother Swapna is a social science teacher in the same school.

Shambhavi from Samaja Seva Mandali High School, Thayagarajanagar also lost one mark in social science, just as she expected.

Two other placed second from the city – Bhavana U S and Bhavana R - lost one mark in Science and English papers, respectively. Bhavana U S is a student of St John’s English High School, Nagarabhavi.

Bhavana R from Soundarya High School, Nagasandra, says she will double-check where she has lost one mark in English.

“I will apply for photocopy of the paper and then decide,” said Bhavana, who aspires to become a civil servant.

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