A momentous occasion
It was a nervous moment in their young lives. After studying for so
many years and having many sleepless nights in the past, the examination
was over, but the results were still to come. When the news broke out on
the previous day that results of the G.C.C..(Ordinary Level) examination
were to be released , there was excitement as well as worry among the
many students who had sat the examination - this being the stepping
stone to higher education. Students were so eager that they could have
even ripped off the envelopes containing the results.
Rathnawalee Balika Vidyalaya, Gampaha
Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo
|M.W. Uchitha Thejan
Rahula Vidyalaya, Matara
|M.Ravin Lasindu Tennekoon,
Ananda Vidyalaya, Colombo10
The students reached school with a lot of expectation. K. A.
Menushika Jayani Kariyawasam of Gampaha Rathnavali Balika Vidyalaya and
Thapoda Harindi Gangodavila of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo were overjoyed
after seeing their GCE Ordinary Level Examination results. They had
scored the highest marks in the Ordinary Level Examination in 2013. They
were right at the top of the whole island.
They were followed by, M.W.Uchitha Thejan Gunasekara of Matara Rahula
College who came second. M. Ravin Lasindu,Thennakoon of Colombo Ananda
College mustering the third spot.
Their parents were overjoyed and were emotional because they were
aware of the effort these children had put in to secure these slots. It
was indeed a heady moment for the students who succeeded.
More surprises awaited them. Before they could even come to terms
with their success, there was a telephone call from a distinguished
person. This was from non-other than the head of state, President
The students were thrilled and their joy new no bounds. The first 10
students who excelled in all island were invited to meet the President.
They went to Temple Trees with beaming faces. The parents and teachers
of the 10 students also joined the group to meet the President.
Jayani entered Minuwangoda Girl's school for her primary education.
After passing the Year Five scholarship in school she entered Gampaha
Rathnavli to continue her higher studies.
Jayani's mother Mala Mangalika Kumari is a teacher. She was teaching
at Minuwangoda Nalanda Vidyalaya and was the Vice Principal. Jayani's
father K.A. Gnanasiri was also a teacher at the Balabowa pirivena.
Mala Mangalika Kumari was overjoyed with her daughter's results. She
also took pride in explaining how she and her husband had nurtured their
daughter. She praised the staff of Rathnavali and appreciated their
sacrifice and commitment.
Mala Kumari going back on the past said, that when her daughter was
born the nurse who delivered the child on seeing her had predicted that
she would achieve great heights. Mala said she was constantly reminded
of what the nurse uttered when her little girl was born always given her
strength even when they were going through tough at times.
K.A.Gnanasiri Jayani's father said, his daughter was committed and
hardworking. She had these habits from an early age and this had helped
her pass the Year Five scholarship examination. He said this had been a
turning point in his daughter's life as she gained entrance to the
renowned Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo.
My son is also talented but he preferred to continue his studies in
Gampaha, our home town he said. According to her father, Jayani went to
school almost everyday, even when she was sick. She secured first place
in every class from Grade One he said with a broad smile, but we never
imagined she would become the first in the country. All the same we
never doubted her determination, he said.
Thapoda Harindi Gangodawila was the other student who secured first
place in the GCE Ordinary Examination. She entered Visakha in 2007 after
securing best results in the Year Five scholarships of Horana Royal
National School. Her mother was a teacher in the Morahena Maha Vidyalaya.
Her father is working attached to a private company. Thapoda is a bright
student among other students. She was a voracious reader. She was fond
of dancing and she had won competing in such competitions. She also was
a member of the youth parliament and junior quizzed society too. She
keen liking towards aesthetics subjects and she is a student of the
Horana Institute of Aesthetics Studies.
Uchitha Thejan Gunasekara of Rahula College, Matara who came second
told the Sunday Observer that he was sure of himself and had no reason
to doubt his ability. He said he had cultivated the practice of
finishing whatever assignment he was given on the same day itself. This
practice he says had enabled him to work more leisurely without putting
in late hours at the last minute.Uchitha had entered Thelijjawila Royal
College for his primary education by obtaining 192 marks in the Year
Five scholarship examination. He secured first place in it in the Matara
District. Later Uchitha entered Matara Rahula College to continue his
Uchitha said that he was not unduly bothered about the examination,
but he attended tuition classes to improve his knowledge. Nimal
Dasanayaka. Rahula College and staff gave him all the support he needed.
He wants to be a doctor.
Nihal Gunasekare Uchitha's father is a businessman. Chatura's mother
Nelum Ranaweera is a teacher at Thelijjavila Royal College. Chathura is
the only child in the family. Chathura said he always studied by
himself. His parents encouraged him to pursue his education. Chathura
said he also played cricket and watched TV when he got free time.
Chathura however went to bed by 10 pm. and wakes up at five in the
Gavin Lashing Thenceforth came third. He is a student of Amanda
College, Colombo. After obtaining good results in the Year Five
scholarship examination from Mahanama Vidyalaya, Colombo he entered
Ananda College for higher studies. Lasindu paid attention to home work.
He did not waste time even during school holidays. He leisurely faced
the GCE Ordinary Level examination.
Lasindu is a swimming champion. He resided in Nugegoda Delkanda and
was a president of the children society in his village. He said, while
he was studying his parents and brother did not sleep. They also stayed
awake with him. The principal and teachers expected me to do well and
they helped me to pass this examination. Lasindu hopes to study Bio
Science. Lasindu's mother Mangalika Thennakoon said that her son always
took right decisions after analysing many things.