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Ricarldly Dkhar
Ricarldly Dkhar

SHILLONG: Setting a bench mark, the son of the chowkidar of a school has bagged the second position of this year’s Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations of MBoSE.
Ricarldly Dkhar  of Mawlai Presbyterian Secondary School, a hard working student and  the son of the chowkidar of the school, Noldy Massar has achieved this significant landmark
15-year-old Ricaldly Dkhar bagged the second position with a total of 569 marks out of a total of 569 out of a total of 700 marks. Despite coming from a very difficult background, Ricaldly has managed to achieve his goal through sheer dedication and hard work.
This is also the first time in the history of the school that a student has featured in the top 20 merit list. Ricaldly’s achievement is definitely an encouragement for his juniors in school as well as his siblings.
A jubilant Ricaldly said that this would not have been possible without the support of his parents and teachers.
A consistent student since Class V, Ricaldly said that there is no special mantra for success except for hard work and dedication.
“I never expected to secure a position. I was in tears when I first came to know my results, ”  Ricaldly told newsmen after the announcement of the results.
He admitted that  it was a difficult journey considering the background he comes from.
When asked about his future plans,  Ricaldly said “I will  opt for Science as my goal is to become a doctor and serve in the rural areas,”.
While narrating his past experiences in his village at Umroi, Ri Bhoi where health care services are scarce and medical attention minimal, Ricaldly said . “If  I really succeed in becoming a doctor I will dedicate my life towards improving  the health care services in the rural areas and bring change in whatever way I can ” he added.
His principal, RA Tariang said that the whole school is delighted by the achievement of  Ricaldly Dkhar.
“We had anticipated that he (Dkhar) would perform outstandingly well in the examination since we all know his capability. But now we are more than happy since he has achieved the unexpected by securing the second position,” she said.
Least expected schools in the state figured in the top 20 list of the SSLC examinations like Auxilium Girl’s HS School in the 3rd position, Embee Rosebud Secondary School, Tura in the 4th position and Seng Khasi HS School, Christian Academy, Shillong and Sherwood School Tura in the 5th position.
However, renowned schools like St Anthony’s HS School and St Mary’s HS School, Shillong failed to make a mark this year, each dropping to the 12th position respectively.
Interestingly, two private candidates also managed to secure a position in the top 20 list of the SSLC examinations. Private candidates, Judy Kharpan and Aditi Das secured the 15th  and 17th  positions respectively.
Meanwhile, St Anthony’s HS School managed to maintain its top position in the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations (Art Streams). It, however, failed to secure  a position in the top 10 list of the SSLC examinations, the results of which was declared this morning.
On the other hand, St Anthony’s HS School once again proved its quality in the HSSLC examinations (Arts stream) and maintained its status after securing 5 positions in the top 10 list including the top position.
Julian Lamboriem Roy Jyrwa of St Anthony’s HS School bagged the first position with a total of 425 marks followed by his fellow classmate, Avinash Thapa who secured  421 marks.  Altogether, St Anthony’s figured in the first, second, fourth, fifth and the eighth position.
An excited Julian Jyrwa while thanking God for his achievement, said that besides his parents, his teachers are his driving force and  played an important role in shaping and grooming him.
“I cannot but thank the school for encouraging and inspiring me,” Julian said adding that his achievement should be a source of inspiration for other students as well. “My message to my fellow students is that they should work hard and have a strong determination, perseverance and patience,” Julian said.

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