Sarita Khurana of RS Model Senior Secondary School, has moved a step closer to her dream of becoming a computer engineer after topping the district with 95.61% marks in the Class-10 examination of Punjab School Education Board.
According to the results, which were declared on Monday, Khurana has also attained the second position in the state.
Daughter of electrician Inderjit Khurana and housewife Shakuntala, Khurana cracked the examination with flying colours despite being committed to look after her mother, who is ailing from a heart disease.
Even at the time, when the results were announced, Khurana was at a Rupnagar hospital, where her mother recently went through a heart surgery.
Khurana says despite the responsibility to manage the household work, she used to devote around six hours daily towards her studies.
With the dream of becoming a computer engineer in her eyes, Khurana was confident of performing well in the Class-10 exams.
"I studied hard throughout the year. Therefore, I was confident that I would do well in the exams. The credit for my success goes to the unconditional support of my parents and teachers. I dedicate my achievement to my mother," says Khurana.
Khurana says she is excited to give the news to her mother.
She will now enrol in the non-medical stream, but is yet to decide which school to opt for. Khurana says she used to take small breaks between studies to listen to music to ease stress.
About her success mantra, Khurana says, "Regular study is very important. I use to revise my classroom work everyday on returning home and used to ask my teachers the next day if I had any queries."
Her principal Mohan Lal Kalra says, " I was confident Khurana would achieve the topmost position in the Class-10 examination, as she is a hardworking girl. We are proud of her achievement."
The second position in the district has been bagged by Priyanka Midha of BCM School, Focal Point.
With 95.46% marks, Midha is also the fourth from the top in the state.
Midha aims to become a cardiologist, and will pursue her studies in the medical stream at BCM School, Sector 32, where provisional classes are already in progress for a month.
Her father Subhash Midha, who runs a grocery shop and mother Rita Midha, a housewife, are on cloud nine over their daughter's achievement.
"Priyanka is the youngest of our three daughters. She has made us very proud," her parents say.
Midha gives the credit of her success to god, her parents, school principal and her maths and science teacher Keshav.
"Our teacher used to give us motivational speech in the class after assembly daily, which inspired me to do well," says Midha. Midha also swears by music to beat stress. She also loves to play basketball. She says regular study is her success mantra.
Her principal MR Mehta says, "We are very proud of Midha's achievement, as despite limited infrastructure and staff, she attained the second position in the district."
Varinder Kaur of Nanakana Sahib Senior Secondary School, Kot Gangu Rai, has bagged the third position in the district with 94.61% marks.
Kaur, whose father passed away in 2008, lives with her mother Jagdish Kaur, who is a tailor. With her mother unable to pay for the education of both her daughters, Kaur's education was sponsored by her teachers and principal, who believed in her potential. With the aim of becoming a doctor on her mind, Kaur used to study for around 10 hours daily, besides helping her mother in her tailoring and household work.
She also says regular study helped her achieve this rank.