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St Anthony’s students in splash of ‘records’

- School tops science and commerce streams, secures top all 10 positions in science

Shillong, May 5: Excitement and sounds of rejoicing reverberated across the campus of St Anthony’s Higher Secondary School here today.

The school has done it again: topped the results of the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examination, in both the science and commerce streams. The results were declared by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) today.

This year, the school has secured all the top 10 positions in the science stream, a first-time feat for the school. The top honours were bagged by girls in both streams — Anindita Das Choudhury in science and Sanchayita Das in commerce.

Anindita got an aggregate of 461 marks, with distinction in English, alternative English, physics, chemistry and biology. “I thanked God for this achievement as well as my parents and teachers for their guidance and dedication. Hard work plays an important role and also good health. My preparation started two months before the final examination and since then, I spent at least 10 hours a day on my studies. But I found that the first five hours were the most fruitful. Science may be tough, but it is meant for students who love science. My plan is to study medical science.”

Commerce topper Sanchayita, with an aggregate of 438 marks, obtained distinction in English, alternative English, economics, accountancy and business studies. “I never expected to achieve this feat and even my parents were surprised. I thanked the school, especially the teachers and my parents and sister who had helped me in every step of my life. I started working hard from July last year and got the motivation from my seniors who were the toppers last year. As students, we should study hard and enjoy life, too. Play and study, enjoy life and work hard is my formula to success. I will study for my bachelor’s degree of commerce,” she said.

Seven Set Annexe Higher Secondary, Shillong, and St Edmund’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong bagged the fifth and tenth positions respectively in the commerce stream. St Anthony’s, which bagged the first position in commerce, has eight students in the top 10 positions.

Immediately after the announcement of the results, students streamed out of their classrooms and had another round of assembly, whereby toppers were introduced to the students by vice-principal Fr Surjit Tigga.

Principal Fr Bernard Grace Pala was not present on the occasion as he was preoccupied at Nongstoiñ, the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills, about 90km from here.

The excitement was such that the students chanted “We want a holiday” while dispersing for their classrooms from the assembly. Their wish was granted and a holiday has been announced on Friday. “It’s God’s grace that the school has this result today, though the school has always had positions in the past results,” an elated vice-principal said.

He attributed the achievement to the hard work of the students and dedication of the teachers, along with the co-operation of the parents. “The students had really worked hard and the fruit is here today,” Fr Tigga said.

St Anthony’s helps the students in academic as well as extra-curricular activities by appointing professionals in various disciplines such as football, cricket, badminton, karate and hockey. “We believe in all-round development of the students and the school wants to accommodate more students in the years to come,” he said.

Fr Tigga said the first 10 position holders of the school would be felicitated on Wednesday during morning assembly.

Altogether 155 science students from St Anthony’s appeared for the exam of which 134 passed in the first division and 12 in the second division. Seven students dropped the examination. In commerce, the school sent 159 students, of whom 60 passed in first division, 72 in the second division, 12 third division and 14 failed. One student dropped the examination.

St Anthony’s has been in the limelight in the past years for producing good results in both HSSLC (science, commerce and arts) and Secondary School Leaving Certificate examinations.

Last year, the school had bagged the first position in both science and commerce streams.

The school secured as many as eight toppers in science and three in commerce. Founded in 1901, St Anthony’s is an educational institution of the Catholic Church. It belongs to and is managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco Educational Society.