City Board toppers share big dreams, spell success mantra
NAVI MUMBAI: Saamira Yasmin, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) topper from Navi Mumbai, is already focussed on getting into the IITs.
The results for both Class 12 (ISC) and Class 10 (ICSE) were announced last Friday by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE). Yasmin, a student of St Mary’s School, Kopar Khairane, secured 98.1%.
The 15-year-old said the feeling is yet to sink in but is glad her efforts paid off. “I am still on cloud nine. Congratulatory messages have not stopped pouring in ever since the results were announced,” she said. Yasmin scored the highest Computer Science - 100 - and Maths and Science - 99 each.
Yasmin said she studied for about four to five hours every day and never over exerted herself.
“It is essential to revise every day and stay focused. Being relaxed is my mantra,” she said. Yasmin also secured the All India Rank of 84 in the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) held last year. Besides her educational excellence, she draws, cycles and plays badminton.
For 17-year-old Janhavi Dubule from Ryan International School, Kharghar, who became the city topper in Science in ISC with 96.2%, she wants to pursue her studies in computers. Janhavi’s highest scored subjects are Computer Science , Physics  and Maths and English .
“The only thing I did was re-read everything and never stuck to a strict pattern for studying. In between for recreation, music and power naps were my saviour,” she said. Janhavi, who loves programming languages said she grew a keen interest in computers for the past four to five years.
“We had a syllabus for various programming languages and it was fun writing the programmes. Once you see the program working, there is a sense of accomplishment,” she added.
The third topper from the city, Anandita Singh from St Mary’s School, Kopar Khairane, became the city topper for Commerce in ISC with 93%. Singh’s highest scored subjects are Economics  and Accounts . The 17-year-old said she has a keen interest in Economics and Accounts and so wants to pursue CA. she said, “I had an irregular study pattern. I would not study continuously. I put in a lot of efforts towards the end. My mantra for success is study smart, not hard.”
Saamira Yasmin celebrates with her family. (Left) Janhavi Dubule with her mother.