The Central Board of Secondary Education declared Class 10 results on Tuesday with 86.7 percent of students who appeared for the all India exam. Also, differently-abled candidates showed a stellar performance. Anushka Panda of Suncity School, Gurgaon topped the category by securing 489 marks out of 500 (97.8%). 14- year old Anushka suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) is a genetic disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, affecting the ability to walk. Being wheelchair- bound did not hinder her from fighting her way to success.
Ms. Rupa Chakravarty, the principal of Suncity School says, “We, at Suncity School, are very proud of Anushka. The focus that she possesses is rare to find in other children. She is determined and does not allow any obstacle to overpower her. She is very focused and her benchmarks are very high. She is an inspiration for all of us. What she has achieved many other students would not be able to achieve with all the elements”.
Anushka aspires to become a software engineer and loves playing chess during her leisure hours. She says, “I am thrilled finding on my hard work has paid off. It is really a big moment for me. I was really nervous before the results”.
Sharing her mantra of success, she adds: “I was consistent in my preparation from Day 1 itself. I would like to thank my school which has been extremely supportive. Since I am a special child, my school ensured that I was provided with a special infrastructure to write my examination.”