Aurally challenged girl Lavanya from Gurugram scores 97.8% , tops category
Lavannya Balakrishnan is the all- India topper in the differently abled students category . Balakrishnan, who belongs to the humanities stream, scored 489 out of 500, with a perfect 100 in political science. She said the news of being a topper took her by surprise.Updated: May 04, 2019, 12:24 IST
Lavannya Balakrishnan, a 17-year-old student of Heritage Xperiential Learning School, on Thursday, emerged as the all- India topper in the CBSE class 12 examination in the differently abled category. Despite suffering from reduced hearing in both her ears, Balakrishnan did not allow her disability to stand in the way of her dreams.
Balakrishnan, who belongs to the humanities stream, scored 489 out of 500, with a perfect 100 in political science. She said the news of being a topper took her by surprise. “I did not believe it at first. I thought someone had put in the wrong numbers. I even thought of rechecking my scores,” said Balakrishnan, explaining her reaction to seeing her mark sheet for the first time.
A resident of Sector 56, Balakrishnan said she packed in four to five hours of study on school days and tethered herself to the study desk for 10 hours on other days.
But it was never “all study and no play” for Balakrishnan. “After completing a chapter or test papers over three to four hours, I would take a break, read a book, listen to music or just have a cup of tea,” said the lover of the Irish rock band, Kodaline. She has been training in tabla for the past six years.
But celebrations would be postponed for a day in the Balakrishnan household, as she would be taking the entrance examination of the National Institute of Fashion Technology on Friday. She then plans to order in her favourite fast food to celebrate her achievements, she said.
“Lavannya had always been self-motivated girl, who likes to stick to her schedule,” said Payal Dutta Gupta, senior programme co-ordinator at the school.
Her motivation, however, was not restricted to doing well board exams. She had been preparing for the entrance exams of her “dream colleges”, such as the National Institute of Fashion Design(NIFD) and the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Her love for art fuelled her dream of pursuing a degree in designing and graphics. Even on April 1, when the CBSE exams concluded, and most of her friends were relaxing, she was heading towards the coaching centre she was attending for entrance preparations .
“Attending classes after the exam my sound hectic, but I thoroughly enjoyed them, since those classes were based on the arts,” said Balakrishnan, whose textbooks holds testimony to her love for doodling.
“I feel very happy proud of her. This happened because of support from her teachers,” said Balakrishnan’s mother Jaya, who is also the administrative assistant at the school.
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