By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong and St Xavier’s Secondary School, Tura bagged the top two positions in the merit list of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) Examinations 2013 results of which were declared by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) here on Thursday.
Purba Mazumder of St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong secured the top position with a total of 568 marks while Megha Manjari Mohanty of St Xavier’s Secondary School, Tura came second with 563 marks to her credit. Students from the same schools also shared the third position with Surabhi Roy of St Mary’s Higher Secondary School and Gunsa Irma Ch Marak of St Xavier’s Secondary School, both securing 560 marks.
The results saw institutions from Tura, Nongstoin, Mairang and Sohra securing positions in the top twenty list, besides schools from Shillong.
There were 29 position holders from Shillong, 13 from Tura, 4 from Nongstoin, 3 from Sohra and 1 from Mairang.
Besides St Mary’s and St Xavier’s Hr Sec Schools, institutions like Aeroville Secondary School and Sherwood School in Tura, Anderson Hr Sec School in Nongstoin, RK Mission Hr Sec School in Sohra, All Saints’ Diocesan Hr Sec School, St. Joseph’s Hr Sec School, St Anthony’s Hr Sec School, Seven Set Hr Sec School, Holy Child Hr Sec School, Christian Academy, Church of God (Ecc) Secondary School, Mawshbuit Presbyterian Sec School, Auxillium Girls’ Hr Sec School, Synod Hr Sec School, Laban Bengalee Hr Sec School, St Dominic Savio’s Hr Sec School, Shillong and Mairang Presbyterian Hr Sec School also made it to the top 20 list.
St Mary’s School, Shillong which secured cent per cent result had as many as five toppers – Purba Mazumder (1st), Surabhi Roy (3rd), Shweta Choudhury (10th), Ekta Mishra (11) and Tania Dey (16th). St Xavier’s Sec School which also achieved cent per cent success had three toppers – Megha Manjari Mohanty (2nd), Gunsa Irma Ch Marak (3rd) and Nikrimchi Ch Sangma (5th).
Speaking to The Shillong Times over phone, topper Purba Mazumder, who is currently in Silchar, Assam, expressed her excitement and joy over her results. She attributed her success to her school, teachers and her parent for their unstinted support.
Mazumder, who is the daughter of Dr SD Mazumder and Swapna Mazumder, plans to take up Science at the higher secondary level to chase her dream of becoming a doctor.
“I want to serve the society especially the poor and the needy by becoming a doctor. I can do a lot for them by ensuring affordable treatment and empathy,” she said.
When asked about the method she followed while preparing for her examinations, the topper said, “All we need is hard work, dedication, devotion and passion for what we do. I usually study about 6-10 hours but not at a stretch. I take frequent breaks to prevent stress and pressure,” Mazumder said.
In her message to the other students, Mazumder said it is important to believe in one self while also following the dictum, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way’.
“One needs to know one’s own strength and should not consider oneself a failure,” she added.