Students of Little Flower School, Sector 14, Panchkula, stole the show by securing first two positions in the Class 10 results of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) declared on Monday.
Vivek Jangra topped in the tricity with 97.6%, followed by Deepinder Mohan who recorded 97.4%. The third spot was jointly shared by Aashima Shandalya of Little Flower School and Sunbir Singh Chawala of Strawberry Fields High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, with 97.2% marks.
The percentage of students is calculated by taking into account their best score in five subjects out of six, with English being the compulsory subject. Students of Little Flower have been securing top positions in the last few years. In 2014, Ronnie MondaAl of the same school had topped the tricity with 97% marks. In 2013 also, Rajat Bir Singh topped the tricity with 96.8 % marks. In 2012, the school had produced the tricity second topper Bhavya Modgil with 97.14 % marks. This year, a total of 155 students of the school had appeared in the examination, of which 71 scored above 90%.
Son of a bank manager, Vivek Jangra, who is a state-level cricketer, credited his success to his parents and teachers. The all-rounder wants to make it to the IIT and subsequently to the civil services. While spelling out his mantra of success, Jangra said that he studied regularly without putting much pressure on himself.
For rejuvenating himself, Jangra preferred walking in the park and talking to his family members. To stay focused, he stayed away from the television and did not even watch the cricket World Cup, his favourite game. He scored 99 marks in social studies and computers, 98 in mathematics, 97 in science and 95 in English.
For Deepinder Mohan, son of a retired professor of Punjabi University, his ability to stay focused and maintain concentration helped him in securing second best score in the tricity. Deepinder aims to crack the IIT and opt for computer science. “There is so much to be done in the field of computers and I yearn to excel in this field,” said Deepinder, who idolises his elder brother who is also a software engineer.
Aashima Shandalya too has set her eye on IIT, Mumbai. Daughter of a marketing consultant, Aashima said that she used to study for six hours daily. On being asked why she wanted to be an engineer, Aashima said: “I want to make new things rather than using the already developed machines. Engineering field will give me an opportunity to express myself,” said a confident Aashima. A prolific painter, she has won many prizes at different levels as an artist.
Sunbir Singh Chawala, a national-level shooter and chess player, wants to make big in the field of computer science and idolises Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of the social networking website Facebook, “One can achieve any goal if the vision is clear,” said Sunbir.
Principal of Little Flower School sister Smitha congratulated all the students and the teachers on a remarkable achievement.
Social media a big no for toppers.
One thing common about all the toppers, besides studying hard, was that they stayed away from social media. Terming it as a big distraction, Vivek has not even opened an account on any of the social media websites. “It can easily distract you mind,” said Jangra.
Echoing their schoolmate’s sentiments, Aashima and Deepinder said even a slightest of distraction could prove costly during board examination. “There are so many ways to relax and unwind. Social media is a big no,” said Aashima and Deepinder.
MLA lauds school.
Impressed with the performance of students of Little Flower School, Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta congratulated the teachers, students and their parents. “As many as 71 students scoring above 90% is no mean achievement. Teachers, students and their parents deserve a pat on their back,” said Gupta.