KOZHIKODE: Anjima D., a class 12 student of Perambra Higher Secondary School, missed the State School Kalolsavam this year, which would have been her fifth in a row, after winning A grade in the last four years as a member of the Thiruvathirakali group in the district.
However, she is not unhappy this time, for she has already left for the training in New Delhi for the Republic Day parade.
Ms Anjima, daughter of Damodaran and Shobana, of Perambra, is one of the five students selected from the National Service Scheme (NSS) for the parade.
The five - three girls and two boys - got selected passing through four layers of the process from the more than 1.25 lakh higher secondary NSS volunteers. The first screening was at the cluster level, followed by district, zonal and the state levels.
"Ever since such a screening process was introduced in the state three years ago, the district has been getting at least one entry," says NSS district coordinator Sreechith S.
Ms Anjima was also a member of the band team from the school that twice won A grade at the state level. Her father is an ex-military personnel who received the honour of being part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force.
Her brother Arjun is an engineer working abroad.