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SSC results 2017: Success stories from Mumbai

From six teens who overcame difficulties to identical twins scoring the same marks, here are some achievers from the city

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2017 11:45 IST
HT Correspondent
Born blind, Preeti scored 90%
Born blind, Preeti scored 90%(HT)

Saved from a dark past, six teens dream of a bright future

The children who were adopted by NGO Support (HT)

Neha Naidu, 17, was adopted eight years ago by an NGO after she was rescued from the streets where she used to be ragpicker.

On Tuesday, she scored 84.2% in her SSC boards.

“I want to study hard and find a job. I want a respectable living for myself,” said the teenager. She, however, is still unsure about what she wants to pursue in college.

NGO Support adopts children every year. Six of them --- Nisha Shetty, Manisha Roy, Dilip Kumar Bachchan, Ram Singh, Aakash Jadhav and Neha --- appeared for their SSC exam this year and cleared it. All three girls scored a distinction. “Some of these kids were abandoned by their parents at the age of six or seven, some were addicted to drugs and caught stealing as well. We had to put them through rehab before they were admitted to a school. They made us proud,” said Swati Hattangadi, member of the NGO.

Same genes, similar scores in SSC exams

Priya and Riya (HT)

June 13 will be a memorable day for Father Agnel Multipurpose School, Vashi for a long time. Four pairs of twins from the school passed the SSC exams with nearly identical marks.

Two pairs of identical twins, Riya and Priya Ganjekar scored 92% in the exams. The siblings studied together regularly, but intend to pursue different streams in class 11. “We did not expect the same scores as Priya does better all the time, and I come second,” said Riya, who wants to pursue architecture. Priya wants to be a doctor.

Jai Hind College, Churchgate, has already had seven pairs of twins clearing the HSC exams but this is the first-of-a-kind experience for a school.

Siblings Ayush and Isha Shah scored 96.6% and 96.2%, respectively.

Ayush and Isha (HT)

They studied together too. “Making greeting cards together is our favourite past time,” said Isha who wants wishes to join fashion communication in arts, while Ayush aspires to pursue chartered accountancy.

Another pair, Abhishek and Mahima Patnigere scored 86% and 80.8%, respectively. Hrithik and Rohit Raj scored 68% and 79%.

Born blind, girl scores 90%

Preeti Jadhav (HT)

Preeti Jadhav was born blind, but did not let this come in the way of scoring 90.8% in the SC exams.

“My family and teachers supported me throughout. I was a little worried about appearing for the board exams this year, but didn’t let it affect my preparations,” said the 17-year-old student of Kamla Mehta Dadar School For The Blind.

Preeti said that she will not give up her dreams. “I want to pursue a degree in psychology, and I will secure admission in a good arts college hopefully. I am sure the teachers there will support me too,” she said.

A resident of Khar, for six years Preeti has lived in the boarding school.

Her father is a driver and the family could not be happier with her score.

“I want to prove that nothing is impossible if you work hard,” she added.

First deaf-blind student to appear for SSC scores 84.02%

Sourabh Chougale (left) (HT)

Twenty-one-year-old Sourabh Chougale cannot see or hear, but came out with flying colours on Tuesday with a score of 84.02%. He is the first such student to appear for the SSC exams.

But Chougale, who is from Sangli and lives in a hostel in Mumbai, is nervous now because of the limited career prospects for him.

He had wanted to write his papers in Braille, but the board did not have the facility to print the paper in that script. He took the tests with a writer’s help.

Born with a hearing impairment, Chougule was forced to drop out of school after Class 4. He had started to lose his eyesight and it resulted in poor grades. At 13, he lost his ability to see. His parents enrolled him in Helen Keller Institute in Byculla. Over the years, he acquired different skills.

“I am happy with my score but I am unsure about what to do next. I need to find options that will suit me,” he said.

Teen fights epilepsy, scores 72% in SSC

Vedant Patil (HT)

Vedant Patil, a class 10 student from Vivekananda English High School, Kurla, has always had trouble with epileptic seizures. Often, they paralyse the right side of his body. When the SSC results came out on Tuesday, Vedant scored a 72%.

Now, he wants to pursue commerce.

The chronic seizures plague Vedant once or twice a month. Nevertheless, he followed a time-table. He would wake up at 5am every morning to study.

“We are scared to leave him alone,” said Anil, his father. “I got headaches while studying,” said Vedant.

Learning disability no hurdle for duo

Anand Boney and Jay Jadhav beat autism to emerge with scores of 86% and 80.2% respectively, on Tuesday.

Both are from Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School.

Jay Jadhav (HT)

“It is a proud moment for us,” said Snighdha Roy, principal. “We have a special educator who helps these kids in adapting and increasing the power to grasp concepts from kindergarten.”

Jay, 17, had difficulty in talking since birth and is a slow learner, said his mother, Manisha, who taught him. “It takes a lot of patience to handle kids like him, soI taught him myself. Besides, the school educator helped in improving his confidence, so he could mix with normal kids,” she said.

Anand Boney (HT)

Anand has dyslexia and a weak memory, which has always come in the way of his academics, said his mother.

“I took three months off work to help him study. I helped him remember answers with the help of key words,” said Veena, Anand’s mother.

Anand has never scored above 80, so the results made his family very happy. Veena said Anand wanted to join the army.