Thiruvananthapuram: It was a day for celebrations for the city as a female student from Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvananthapuram bagged the first rank in the state and fourth rank in India by securing 99.2 per cent marks in the Arts group in the CBSE class 12 examinations. Kasturi Shah, daughter of Shafi and Sheeba, residents of Udayanparambu House, Kunthaloor, Chiray-inkeezhu, scored 496 out of 500 marks, and secured the top rank in the state. She is a student of the Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Vattiyurkavu.
The girl had been travelling about two hours to reach home from school and she used to study daily from 7 pm to 10.30 pm. Kasturi was also the 'Kalathilakam' in the 2017 CBSE School Kalolsavam proving her proficiency in English and Malayalam essay writing competitions, and is also the author of an anthology of poem titled 'Art of Mind' published by Inked Pages. Kasturi's father Shafi is the principal of Attingal Government Girl's HSS, and her mother Sheeba is a professor at the Kollam TKM College. Kasturi wanted to graduate in English Literature, and become a college professor.
Kasturi's brother Akbar Shah is awaiting his results of the 10th standard. The students from the district got 100 percent results in the CBSE standard XII examinations results which were announced on Saturday. Saraswathi Vidyalaya, Vattiyoorkavu, Kazhaku-ttom Jyothis Central School, Kollam Vadakkev-ila Sree Narayana Public School, Alan Feldman Public School, Kazhakutt-om, Kendriya Vidyalaya AFS Akkulam, Shanthin-iketan school, Kunnum-puram, Vilappil, Dr GR Public School, Neyyati-nkara, BFM Residential English medium school (Senior Secondary) Mount Sinai, Parasuvaikal, St Mary's Poojappura, Viswabharathy Public School, Neyyattinkara, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Attukal, Sivagiri Sree Narayana Senior Second-ary School, Sreenivasapu-ram, Varkala, Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom,KV Pangode, Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, Maruthamkuzhy, St Shantal School Malamukal, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Attukal, Sivagiri Sree Narayana Senior Secondary School, Sreenivasapuram, Varkala, Army Public School, Pangode, Kairali Vidya Bhavan, Neduma-ngad, Sarvodaya Central Vidyalaya, St John's School, Anchal, AR residential school, Nettayam, Model Public School, Pallipuram, Sree Vivekananda Memorial Public School, Aralumo-odu, The School of Good Sheperd, Christ Nagar Senior Secondary School, Thiruvallam, Sree Buddha Central School, Karunagappally and Mother India Public School, Kallara all got 100 percent pass.