A national-level athlete Sukhdeep Singh, a nonmedical student at Government Senior Secondary School at Hier village, topped in the district in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 12 exam, the results for which were declared on Monday.
Sukhdeep topped the district list with 98.68% — scoring 444 out of the total 450 marks.
The second position in the district, however, is shared by Azreen Kaur, a medical student at Guru Nanak Public Senior Secondary School, Chananke, and Anmoldeep Singh, a non-medical student at Baba Sohan Singh Senior Secondary School, Bhakna Kalan — both also shared the 10th rank in the state with 97.78% (440/450) each.
The third position in the district and the 16th rank in the state are shared by Simrandeep Kaur, a medical student at Guru Nanak Public Senior Secondary School, Chananke, and Snimer Kaur, a commerce student at Ajit Vidalaya Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, who scored 96.44% each.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Sukhdeep said, “While preparing for the boards, I used to take three hours’ tuition every morning, besides participating in training in the evening. My love for the game kept me going and helped me concentrate better. I scored well because I was able to balance studies and sports in a right way. For me academics are important, but I cannot leave sports for the academics.”
Sukhdeep, a son of police officer Satpal Singh and Amandeep Kaur, a schoolteacher, who has secured the sixth rank in the state, wants to pursue BSc in agriculture.
Azreen is a daughter of Kuljit Singh, principal of Guru Nanak Public Senior Secondary School, Chananke, and Anmoldeep, a national-level skater and a son of ADO agriculture department Kulwant Singh and Harmeet Kaur, a lecturer.
Anmoldeep and Azreen said their family environment helped them secure good positions in the boards.
Varun Mehta, a commerce student at DAV Senior Secondary School, Hathi Gate, secured the fourth position in the district with 95.78% (431/450), while 19th rank.
The fifth position is bagged by Palak Dharne, a student of commerce at Navjot Public School, who scored 95.55% (430/450).
Her school authorities claim that she worked very hard to secure the position and had been expected to do well.