ICSE: St Mary’s girls Simran,Anika national toppers

It is yet to sink in,says an ecstatic Simran Kanuja

Written by Ardhra Nair | Published: May 18, 2013 3:02 am

“I can’t say how happy I am. I am ecstatic!” says Simran Kanuja,who is the national ICSE topper. A student of St Mary’s School,Pune,Simran was confident of her percentage,but definitely did not expect to be a topper. “I expected 98 per cent,but never thought I would be the topper,let alone national topper.”

“I can’t say how proud my daughter has made me today. The first thing I did after I came to know her score was go to the nearby Gurudwara. Her high scores are the result of her hard work as well as God’s blessings,” said Jaspreet Kanuja,Simran’s mother.

The family originally hails from Indore,but had settled in Pune several years ago. “My husband is still at work. When Simran called him up,he was delighted to her hear the news. After all,this is the first time anybody in our family has topped nationally. I mean this is one of the best things kids can do to make their parents happy,” Jaspreet said as she fumbled for the right words to express her delight. Simran’s father works as an engineer at a private company in Pune.

Simran scored 98.4 per cent in her board exams with cent per cent marks in both Maths and Computers. “My lowest marks were in Hindi. I scored 92. But who cares,” said Simran in a jubilant mood. Apart from studies,Simran also practises Hindustani Music.

“My dad is an engineer. My elder sister is in her first year of engineering at Cummins College. I want to be like them. I want to become a software engineer. My aim in life is to get admitted to the Indian Institute of Technology for Computer Science Engineering,” said Simran.

“Once my dad comes home,we will all go out and celebrate over dinner.” who has been bombarded with phone calls from friends are relatives,” she says as she struggles to attend phone calls of her friends and relatives calling up to congratulate her.

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