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Two girls from Nagaland among toppers in Meghalaya Board exams

By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 14, 2020 7:35 pm
Jessica Penshak Yanlem (left) and Chubakatila Jamir.

Our Correspondent
Kohima, July 14 (EMN): Two students from Nagaland, Chubakatila Jamir and Jessica Penshak Yanlem, are among the top 10 rank holders in this year’s Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) HSSLC Examination in the Arts stream.

Jamir was placed in the third rank while Yanlem secured the eighth position, thereby making their mark on the toppers’ list.

MBOSE declared the HSSLC Arts result 2020 online on July 13.

Eastern Mirror reached out to the two toppers from Nagaland who brought laurels to the state by passing out their exams with flying colours.

“I was shocked because I clearly remember not giving two of my main papers properly,” said Jamir about her result.

Jamir, who scored 426 marks overall in the examination, is a student of St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong. She secured distinction in English, Alternative English, History and Political Science.

She was behind her classmates Mahima Sinha, the topper of this year’s examination and Ritishari Chyne, the second placed topper by two and one marks respectively.

Jamir, who hails from Mokokchung district, said that throughout the year, she studied daily for two hours before exams and seven hours during exams. “Usually I prefer studying in the morning because that’s when my mind is active to digest the syllabus,” she said.

She shared that in Class 11, she was a science student. She stated that she had “lost interest” in the subject and opted for Arts in Class 12 after clearing Class 11.

Attributing her success to God, the topper thanked her parents, teachers, principal and her friends for “always encouraging” her.

She also shared a verse from the Bible, which motivates her: “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.”– Ecclesiastes 7:14

Jamir is planning to pursue her degree course at St. Anthony’s College, Shillong.

She shared that she aspires to clear competitive exams in the future.

“Go for what you want and don’t let others’ opinion affect your interests or whatever you are aspiring to become because in the end, it’s only you who is going to control your own life,” she added.

Yanlem, who secured the 8th place in the top 10 ranking position, also shared that she was “shocked” to see her name on the toppers list. “The board is very tough and there is competition and so, I didn’t expect my name to be out there (top list). But when it came out, I felt very blessed,” she added.

On her preparation for the examination, she said throughout the year, she tried to stay “consistent with her marks” and give her best. She added that she would often ‘write notes and make some pointers to ask her teachers’.

Yanlem, who hails from Mon district, shared that she would get up early in the morning and ‘do her studies as she feels sleepy studying her lessons at night’. She added that she studied for five hours during the exams.

She is a student from St. Edmund’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong and scored a total of 416 marks with distinction in three subjects namely — Alternative English, History and Geography.

She expressed her gratitude to God while crediting her success to the Almighty saying that she had regularly prayed to Him for good results. She also acknowledged her roommates and parents for her accomplishment in the exams.

She quoted “Joshua 1:9” from the Bible, which helped her in her studies throughout the year.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Her hobbies include reading novels, drawing and painting; and she has registered herself at Delhi University for further studies.

She has also asked those students who failed in their exams not to be “disheartened” but work hard and give their best next time. “They should not think like, ‘Oh last time I failed so I won’t try my best this time’ if they appear in their exams next time (sic),” she advised.

“As an individual, everyone of us has a plan, so, as long as we continue to strive forward, God will definitely show us the way,” she added.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 14, 2020 7:35:04 pm