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‘My father suffered a heart attack during my Boards. But I promised to make him proud’

Girls from Apeejay School, Rama Mandi in Jalandhar battled the odds to showcase a stellar academic result



While speaking of woman power, we rarely think about young girls who strive hard each day to make their mark. Sure enough, they face daily challenges, struggles and setbacks which they attempt to overcome in silence. These brave girls may not wear capes but are superwomen in their own right.

“For the examination, my difficulty was cracking the MCQs since a great deal of topics and subjects had to be covered in it,” said Eshwarjot Kaur Mattu, Science (Non-Medical) topper from Apeejay School, Rama Mandi who secured 96.6% in the examinations. 

She further added, “My mother and school teachers guided me throughout. My preparation strategy was to stick to a limited number of books. For my juniors, I would advise that they should have faith in their preparation and do self-study. Refrain from using social media and take productive breaks.” Eshwarjot aspires to pursue programming in Canada.

Pihu, Commerce topper who scored 96% in the Boards is a brave heart. She sat for the CBSE Class 12 Board examinations while her father underwent a medical emergency. “It was just before my Economics exam, my father suffered a heart attack. It was completely unprecedented. I was mentally broken and could not stop crying. It took a lot for me to even sit for the examinations. The whole time, only one thing stuck by me: a promise made to my father to make him proud. He spent about a week in the hospital. But, my mother and family stood like a pillar of support for me during that time,” narrated Pihu.

And braving all odds,  Pihu not just took the examination but passed it with flying colours. Currently, her father has recovered and is extremely proud of her achievement. Scoring a 100/100 in Business Studies, she advises her fellow juniors to give equal attention to all subjects. Pihu aspires to be a Civil Servant in the future to serve the country.

Another Non-Medical topper, Khushpreet Kaur who stands tall with a 95.2% says, “I am fortunate to be born to parents who firmly believe in providing equal opportunities. I have scored a 100/100 in Mathematics and nothing could have been better than that! I want to pursue Computer programming and break the stereotype that it is a male-domainated field. My brother is an Engineer too and together we want to shine and do well in our lives. I credit my parents, brother, school teachers and classmates for my academic success. They are my support system.”  

“Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work”


Mrini Devnani is a Principal Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, conducts interviews, and contributes content to the website. Previously, she served as a Correspondent specialising in Edu-tech for the India Today Group. Her skill areas extend to Social Media and Digital Marketing. For any inquiries or correspondence, you can reach out to her at [email protected]