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Top honours for Sohra school

- Sourav Pathak secures first position in SSLC exam, Amika War in HSSLC

Shillong, May 19: After many years, two schools in Meghalaya that bagged first position in the results of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate and the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (arts) examinations, 2014, declared by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) today, had reason to feel proud.

Sohra, one of the state’s attractive tourist spots, earned a distinction in the field of education when one of its oldest schools — Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Sohra (Cherrapunji) — bagged the first position in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate merit list after many years.

The top honours went to school student Sourav Pathak who got an aggregate of 571 marks, with distinction in all subjects — English, Bengali, mathematics, science and technology, social science and health education.

Auxillium Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Shillong, bagged the first position in HSSLC (arts) examination for the first time since the school was established in 1958.

Amika K. War secured the first position in HSSLC (arts) and got an aggregate of 431 marks with distinction in alternative English, history, political science, education and economics.

Auxillium Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Shillong, had been securing other top positions in the past and always achieved hundred per cent pass in the examinations. The school principal, Sister Lydia Pala, said though the school had hoped for a berth in the top 10, it did not expect the top slot.

“It was hard work and perseverance and the dedication of our teachers, which made our school achieve this goal today. We are very proud to secure first position for the first time,” said Sister Lydia.

War told reporters that she, too, did not expect to bag the first position.

“Stay away from distraction, pay attention and give the best time to studying. It is only hard work that brings you success,” was the message that the elated topper wanted to share with her fellow students.

She said she would pursue studies in social work, as she wanted to be a party to the change in society and then take counselling in psychology.

Speaking to The Telegraph over phone from Sohra, SSLC topper Sourav Pathak credited his achievement to hard work and the guidance of his teachers.

“I spare many hours for study and I study whenever I feel like,” he said.

Pathak, who began his education at Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School since nursery, has decided to study science in the same school. His principal, Swami Amitesha Nanda, said the school had bagged the first position in SSLC examinations in 1985 and 1987.

“We could not imagine securing first position this year, but this feat came back to the school after many years for the third time. We are very proud,” the swamiji said. ]

This is one of the oldest schools not only in Sohra but perhaps in the whole of Meghalaya. It was established in 1933 by the Ramakrishna Mission.