Who could have ever imagined that a girl form a lower middle class family who labour hard to make ends meet, would travel to Japan! Well it was indeed grit and determination that made it to the top, Ms. Puratchi Tamil, currently pursuing her high school at the Chennai Girls Hr. Sec. School, Saidapet always topped in Tamil oratorical skills at her school. Opportunity strikes once and there she was to grab it she made her way to ABK – AOTS DOSOKAI, TAMILNADU CENTRE that organized the“Talk your way to Japan” an oratorical competition when she was in her XI standard, she made it to the second place and lost her chance to visit Japan.
But this did not dampen her spirits to try again when she made it to her XII standard; this proved a tumultuous task for this above average student because she is currently preparing for her Board examinations. Effectively allocating time for her studies at School and at Avanti, she took time to prepare well for the contest and her hard work got paid off, she stood first in the contest and was awarded a memorable trip of a lifetime to the land of the rising sun – Japan! And it was not just it; she was given week long training and educational visits during her stay.
Perseverance and hard work helped realize the fruit of success – not the fame it brings along but the happiness to taste the very essence of being the Top performer in the class X Board examinations (2011) among the Chennai Schools. Ms. Anandhi.D from the Chennai Girls Hr. Sec. School, Saidapet, aims to become a software engineer, ensures she is not a product of rote learning and takes every iota of effort to conceptually comprehend her lessons. Parents stand as a pillar of continued motivation in order to realize her goal.
Children pursuing their studies in Government run schools are often looked down upon in the larger society mainly due to lack of exposure to the wider world outside and lack the competence to outperform and tend to be lost in the mainstream society.
Recognizing the hard work and determination showcased by these students Mr Murugavel Selvan from Rotary Club of Madras East awarded Sivan Arul Selvan (SAS) award to these students. Ms. Puratchi Tamil was awarded for excellence in the field of Arts & Culture and Ms. Anandhi D was awarded for excellence in academic proficiency in her studies. The beneficiaries of the award were also presented a cash prize of Rs. 8000 each. Both the beneficiaries are part of the Rotary Winners Learning Centers (RWLC) in Chennai which are conceptualized and implemented by Avanti Fellows.
In the words of Vince Lombardi, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
Instead of brooding about life’s circumstances these young children have stood the test by making use of the prospect given them and have proven and are still proving that where there is a will there is definitely a way!
Anandhi D and Puratchi Tamil along with Young Achiever Awardees, the youngest app developers Sanjay Kumaran and Shravan Kumaran; PG Raghuraman Managing Director (operations), Accenture; Mr Sudhakar, president of RCME; Mr & Mrs Murugavel Selvan and other RCME members.
By Grace D, Program Associate in Chennai, Avanti Fellows