Guwahati: The 16-year old Lalrinnungi of Mizoram who had topped the state’s High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination was seen helping her mother in selling vegetables at the daily market in a village in Mizoram on Saturday while her results have been declared.
The scene was not the same as other weekends although the customers at the market in Neihbawi village, 15 km from the state capital of Aizawl were used to seeing the teenager as Lalrinnungi topped the HSLC examination with a score of 97.2% beating nearly 17,000 other candidates.
Lalrinnungi is the student of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School and she is the youngest daughter of Zothanluanga and Lalhlimpuii who sells vegetables in the daily market. On Saturday, people were walking up to her to congratulate her and click photos with her while the customers come to buy vegetables.
The 16-year old girl said that she has been helping her parents sell vegetables on Saturdays’ but after the results were announced on Thursday and when her name got splashed in papers many people turned up to wish her. She said, “I was expecting a good result but never thought I would be the topper. When I heard about it I started crying. Some people even wanted me to shift from my school and join theirs.”
She joined the St. Joseph Higher Secondary School as a boarder when she was in Class 10 and plans to continue pursuing her studies there for the next two years. She wants to take up Science in Class 12. She further disclosed that she has not yet decided her future plans but she wants to study medicine and become a doctor and that she is also interested in joining the civil services.
The school where she studied has decided to waive off her tuition and hostel boarding fees completely as they were happy at her performance. The schools also charged her only 20% of the total fees during her course of studies as the financial condition of her family is not sound.
The principal of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, C Lalthansanga said that the girl has a curious nature and studies all her textbooks thoroughly and if she had any doubts she would ask her teachers to clarify them till she is satisfied.
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