What do a hopeful doctor from Siwan, Bihar, an aspiring professor from Akuluto, Nagaland, and a potential Chartered Accountant from Gopalganj, near UP-Bihar Border, have in common?
They are all girls, residents of Dimapur, and most importantly, scalped the top positions in various streams in the recently announced HSLC and HSSLC results.
Madhu Kumari Giri of S.D. Jain Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur (96.83%) secured the top position in High School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSLC) while Kikali Achumi from St. John Higher Secondary Residential School, Dimapur (89%) and Gulabsa Khatun from Pranab Vidyapith Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur (98.40%) secured the top slot in the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSSLC) Arts and Commerce respectively.
Giving them company at the top is Metsivilie Seyie from Khonoma who secured the first position in the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) Science Stream from Kohima Science College, Jotsoma. Incidentally, 19 year old Seyie, was also a HSLC topper in 2014 where he secured the 9th position in NBSE from Rüzhükhrie Government Higher Secondary School Kohima, making his achievement noteworthy.
“Well I have been waiting for so long for this. I did work hard and it is all by God’s Grace that I am what I am today. In the school where I studied, we are being taught to remember God in everything we do. In everything I do, I put God first in my life and that is why I am successful today,” says Kikali Achumi from St. John Higher Secondary Residential School, Dimapur who secured 89% in the HSSLC exams.
She plans to study at St. Edmunds College in Shillong taking History as Honours. “I’d also pursue my Masters degree in History in a recognised university. I like History and I would want to be a professor in History,” she adds.
On the work she put in to become a topper, Kikali says, “It’s not the hours that matters but it is how much concentration you give in while you study. I study for 4 to 5 hours and I don’t prefer much on how long or many hours I study, but the concentration I give in while I am studying matters more.”
To other youngsters like her, she advises that students should listen to the encouragement of their lecturers. “Because what I am today is all because of my lecturers.” She further states: “I want them to give more efforts in their studies than to get engrossed only in social media networking sites. At the end of the day, studies matter and it is studies which will decide your future.”
“The brain that we have is the same brain. What makes achievers different is that they are more dedicated to their work compared to the rest. They are more sincere compared to the others.” says HSSLC Science Topper 2016, Metsivilie Seyie who secured the first position in the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) Science Stream from Kohima Science College, Jotsoma declared on May 3.
Hailing from Khonoma village, 19 year old Metsivilie Seyie, son of Kevicasa Seyie and Late Nichasano Seyie, scored 94.40 per cent (472 marks) scoring the highest marks in Mathematics (97), Biology (98) in Nagaland. Seyie was also a HSLC topper in 2014 where he secured the 9th position in NBSE from Rüzhükhrie Government Higher Secondary School Kohima.
Seyie does not have any fixed routine neither does he calculate the amount of time he studies but during the period of his exams, he studied the whole day except during lunch and dinner time. What makes the story of this young achiever more inspiring is his struggles coming from a broken family where his parents got divorced when he was young. Seyie then, lost his mother to an illness at the age of 12. It was his Uncle Nisovito Seyie who took care of him and his education.
“After class 10, I spent most of my time in studies. After securing Top 9 in HSLC, I was determined to do better.” says Seyie who chose not to appear for JEE or AIMPT because he wanted to pursue B.Sc in either Physics or Mathematics.
With a passion for teaching, Seyie aims to become a Professor. He is interested in teaching because according to him, “You can spend a lot of time with the students and by teaching, every day we learn many new things.”
Seyie recalls what one of his Professors says on teaching – ‘That the mind remains young when it gets to engage with young minds all the time’.
Metsivilie Seyie will be receiving the NBSE Award for Toppers, Governor Award for Toppers and Manik Bhattacharjee Award (sponsored by Manik Bhattacharjee Foundation).
Madhu Kumari Giri
“I am ecstatic and jumped out in happiness when my Principal informed me of the news. I heard from friends but could not believe that and wanted official confirmation.” This was the reaction of Madhu Kumari Giri of S.D. Jain Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur who topped Class 10 with 96.83%.
Her landlord proudly proclaims that Madhu is the first topper in the History of Ngalung Colony, Dimapur, and called for a big celebration.
“I want to be a doctor and it’s a dream because I wanted to be someone. I want to strive towards the goals” asserted a determined Madhu, whose father deals in eye wears in Hongkong Market area of Dimapur.
Madhu, whose favorite subject is Math and science, says she normally studies for 4-5 hours daily but put in 7-9 hours from December till the exam.
“I am anxious about the future, excited and ready to face the any eventualities,” a future-ready Madhu stated.
The fifth child of the family of 7 siblings, Gulabsa Khatun said she was feeling “excited and awesome” to secure the top position. Her father, a timber trader has been in Dimapur for the last 25 years.
In Class 10, she had secured 19th position and having put in 5-6 hours of studying daily, she did expect good grades this time too. “But not the top slot,” says a modest Gulabsa of Pranab Vidyapith Hr.Sec.School, Dimapur, who topped the Class 12 Commerce stream with 98.40%.
With accountancy and Fundamentals of Business Mathematics as her favorite subjects, Gulabsa wants to pursue a career in Chartered Accountancy.
However, reflecting the image of a very obedient daughter, she says that the decision on where she would study – whether in Nagaland or outside – will be decided by her parents.