Kalpesh Krishna,a student of St Marys who topped the ICSE exam in the city with 98.6 per cent,has always been a winner,say his parents.
According to his mother,Kavita,he has been consistently ranking first since Std III. Kalpesh also scored 100 per cent in environmental studies,mathematics and computer application.
He studies regularly. He is hard working but also takes time out to play. He is a karate black belt holder and plays football. We were expecting a good result,but were not hoping for this high a rank, said Kavita.
Kalpesh,who wants to become an engineer,said he made time for his hobbies while preparing for the exams.
I had kept aside four to five hours a day for studies,but I also made time to socialise on Facebook,meet people. The result has come as a pleasant surprise,I was expecting just 97 per cent, says Kalpesh.
Among girls,Aishwarya Chandrashekhar of St Marys came out tops with 98.2 per cent. At present,she is in Bangalore on vacation with her relatives. She attributes her success to hard work. Since January,I had been studying for nearly 14 hours a day. I was expecting around 96 per cent marks. It is a surprise for me, Aishwarya told Newsline over phone.
Ankita Panda of St Bishops topped ISC with 94.5 per cent in best five. Mathematics and arts are her favourites and she wants to pursue a career in fashion and product design. According to her father,Tapas Panda,she is a creative girl with a natural flair for arts. She did not attend any coaching classes,he added. She is quite independent. We didnt have to tell her how she should study and how much. She attended classes in school and took down notes.
I studied mostly during evening hours. I also made time for my hobbies, said Ankita.