Balancing act: Sportspersons achieve excellence in academics
KRITI SONI OF HANSRAJ PUBLIC SCHOOL, PANCHKULA (CGPA 10)
Lawn tennis player Kriti Soni of Hansraj Public School has scored perfect 10 in Class 10th CBSE exams. Soni went to play National School Games in Pune in January this year. She has won many local tournaments and has represented the school many times. “I used to study regularly everyday and practice for two hours,” she said, when asked about her time management. Her aim is to get admission in AIIMS. Both her parents are dentists.
AKRITA SANGARI OF LITTLE FLOWER SCHOOL, PANCHKULA (89.6%)
Skating champion Akrita Sangari of Little Flower School scored 89.6% marks in Class 10th CISCE exams. She recently represented Haryana in the nationals finishing fourth. “I will continue with my game,” she said and added, “My day starts at 4am. After practicing for two hours, I sleep for a while and then go to school.” She is yet to take a final decision on her career choice.
SIRIJANA DHALIWAL OF ST XAVIER’S, CHANDIGARH (85.8%)
President awardee in skating, Sirjana Dhaliwal also did well in academics with 85.8% marks. Student of St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, Sirjana has won 171 medals in state and national level competitions. She got the national award in 2010 from the then President Pratibha Patil. “It is not difficult to cope up with studies and sports. I spend two hours every day in skating rink,” she said. She aspires to become a doctor and said that skating will always remain close to her heart.
SAGAR SHARMA OF THE GURUKUL, PANCHKULA (CGPA 8.5)
A budding cricketer, Sagar Sharma of The Gurukul has passed the Class 10 CBSE exams with 8.5 CGPA. Recognising his talent and dedication, the school did not let his humble background become a hindrance by providing him free education and giving him a platform to pursue cricket. Sagar was part of the Haryana team for the under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and later under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy. His dedication and hardwork saw him representing school in the under-19 school nationals and the prestigious Pataudi Trophy. He was also the skipper of under-16 team for Haryana Cricket Association (HCA). The school not only helped him with facility and training, but also with missed lessons during his tournaments. Despite sweating on the field for long hours, Sagar said he did not leave his studies behind and made the school and his parents proud. He wants to continue with his game and is thinking of pursuing commerce.