Having lost his father over a year ago, Ronnie Mondal did not lose his concentration. On Wednesday, he achieved the highest score of 97% in the ICSE Class X examination in the Tricity. Vice head boy of Panchkula’s Little Flower Convent School, Mondal’s consistent devotion in studies throughout the year was the key to his success.
“Ronnie has a very strong will power. After his father died due to heart attack, he did not lose the plot and kept his focus intact,” said Laila Mondal, Ronnie’s mother. The school also motivated Ronnie and gave him a full scholarship after his father’s demise.
Mondal said that he did not take any private tutions. “I want to pursue non-medical stream now as I wish to be a weapon designer and hopefully work in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),” he said.
Mondal gives major credit to his mother and his elder sister, who had always been supportive and helpful. “Apart from studies, I am also fond of playing chess and have represented my school at various inter-school tournaments,” he said. Giving an advise on handling stress before exams, Mondal said, “Just keep your cool. If one studies regularly the whole year, then ISCE board exams would not be a big deal.”
For Little Flower Convent School, there were other success stories as well, with two of its students among three declared joint second and one student among two declared joint third. As many as 893 students appeared for ICSE from Tricity this year.
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Trio comes second
The second position was shared by Kishika Goel and Navya Singhal, both students of Little Flower Convent School, and Natasha Sachdeva, student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh. All three secured 96.8%.
Kishika, who was the vice head girl of her school, aims to study in IIT. She is also a state-level football and volleyball player. “It was not that tough to manage sports and studies together as I used to practice football and volleyball during the school recess hours,” Kishika said.
Head girl of the school, Navya said, “Teachers here are very dedicated and provide personal attention to each student.” Her mother Vandana Singhal said, “Navya and her elder brother, both have been studying at this school since LKG. With teachers like in this school, one does not need any private tutions.”
Natasha Sachdeva, daughter of Rakesh Sachdeva, who is a pathologist and runs a private clinic in Kharar, and Madhu Rani, who is lecturer in a government school, wishes to become a neurologist. She said, “This profession needs more people but very few choose this. To become a neurologist is my sole aim.”
Natasha said that she studied for six hour a day after school hours. Giving the credit to her favourite teacher Seema and her parents, she said, “They are my inspiration. They helped me at every step, since I didn’t take any tuitions but preferred self study. Apart from studies, I like painting a lot, which is a part of my hobby.”
Two stand Third
The third position in Tricity was shared by Shubham Mawa of Little Flower Convent School, and Ishita of St Xavier’s, Sector 44, Chandigarh, by scoring 96.6%. “A student should enjoy studies rather than worrying about marks,” says Mawa sharing his key to success. He has represented his school in various debating competitions.
“It was only during the exams that I spent 13-14 hours a day studying. I want to become a neurologist since very few people go into this profession,” Ishita said. Her father Naresh Kumar is a banker and mother Indira Devi is a government employee. Ishita plans to take admission in a CBSE school in Class XI. While talking about her area of interest, she said, “Music is something that I cannot live without and creative arts is my hobby.”