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Three cheers for courage under fire

Adversity causes some people to break and some to break records. The ICSE Class X results, which were declared on Wednesday, threw up many such instances.

A total number of 9,791 students from over three dozen schools in Jharkhand took the board exam in March and the state notched an impressive pass percentage of 98.86. Also, girls outshone boys with a success rate of 99.11 per cent. However, some of these children made it big in the real sense because of their will to succeed.

The Telegraph picks three achievers from Ranchi and Jamshedpur

Sanket Parashar

Hill Top School, Jamshedpur

Sanket’s mother, who was battling cancer for three years, passed away on March 9 just a day before his mathematics paper. Despite his irreparable loss, the 16-year-old mustered every drop of courage in his blood and appeared for the exam. He scored 94 in mathematics and an aggregate of 89.2 per cent.

“My mom had been in hospital for over a month before she left us. Concentrating on studies was difficult, let alone taking a board exam. But, she had made me promise one thing that I must never give up come what may,” the teen said, adding that his mother had barred him from hospital visits lest he became weak and decided to skip his exams.

While Sanket feels he could have performed better, his teachers and classmates say he is the topper. “Not many can achieve what he has achieved in the face of adversity. He performed his mother’s last rites and then sat for the test. He has scored the highest in the exam of life,” said one.

Rohan Singh

Motilal Nehru Public School

Exam stress coupled with indisposition is like double whammy. Rohan is one gutsy 16-year-old who knocked flat both. On March 3, hours before his English paper, rashes appeared all over Rohan’s body. A quick doctor consultation nailed his discomfort as a bout of chicken pox. His parents tried to dissuade him from taking the exam. But, Rohan is a braveheart. And bravehearts don’t run away from challenges.

“Lesson revisions took a beating. Fortunately, I am not a last-minute person; I study whole year round. However, had I been well, maybe, I would have notched a higher score,” said the boy with a best-of-five aggregate of 91.2 per cent. His English score is 86.

Rohan claimed that the difficult part was riding pillion on his father’s bike to the exam venue. “The distance between home and school is 5km. I had to wear a blazer and cover my mouth in the March heat so that my blisters didn’t aggravate. I had high fever too and dozed off often. Hope to do better next time,” the IIT aspirant added.

Parinay Soreng

St Xavier’s School, Ranchi

It was a sad November when 16-year-old Parinay contracted severe lung infection and had to skip his December mock selection, which is conducted across all ICSE schools before the board exam. The school and family members urged him to appear for the final next year when he got better, but Parinay is determination’s foster child.

Slighting his physical problems, the boy took the exam and notched a fair aggregate of 78.4 per cent.

“It would have been foolish to waste one precious year, especially when I was so well prepared. I decided to go ahead. My condition deteriorated during the exam month and I could not write my chemistry paper,” said the resident of Argora Chowk.

Parinay is still on medication. Father Peter Soreng said the boy who could not walk during his exam was recovering slowly and steadily.

Mother Pamira said they were taking extra precautions to avoid a relapse. “I am not satisfied because my target was 88 per cent or more. I will do well in plus two,” promised the teen who wishes to join foreign service.

Nitesh Kumar

ADLS Sunshine School, Jamshedpur

Nitesh’s father makes a living as a contract labour. The family struggles to make ends meet and sponsoring studies at an English-medium school would have been out of question had not the 16-year-old’s academic prowess fetched him a fee concession. While most of his classmates took tuition and studied reams of reference material, Nitesh borrowed books from the school library to prepare for his exam. He has aggregated 68 per cent.

“I wanted my son to study in an English-medium school, but my wallet is not bottomless. The school helped us and I will always be obliged. I am happy my son has cleared his Class X,” said father Jayprakash Mandal.


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