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All India topper (CWSN) Lavanya wants to pursue career in graphics and animation

Gurugram: Having secured 489 marks out of 500, Lavanya Balakrishnan is an All India CBSE 2019 topper in children with special needs category (CWSN).

Lavanya, who was pursuing humanities from Heritage school, Gurugram, is partially deaf and has to use hearing aids in both her ears for hearing. It was not a defect which she was suffering from the beginning but had contracted it five years ago when she was in the seventh grade.

Speaking to Millennium Post about her health problems, Lavanya said that it defected that was caused due to immunity problem.

Not only did the Gurugram girl topped in All India category but she also is a leader among the 36 specially-abled children who were able to secure 95 per cent marks in the class 12 boards.

She got 92 in English, cent per cent marks in political science, 99 in home science and 99 in arts. When asked about her health problem, Lavanya confidently said, "I don't take it as a health problem at all, it is just like wearing spectacles for weak eyes. I have an immunity problem and I have accepted, I refused to be weakened by this issue,"

Interested in the arts stream, the All India topper wants to make her mark in the field of graphics and animations. "I am interested in arts and I want to make my career in the designing, animations and graphics. For this purpose I am interested in getting admission either in the National Institute of Design (NID) or national institute of fashion technology ( NIFT)," said the Gurugram girl.

Being a daughter of a mother who works in the human resources and father who is a social worker, the 2019 CBSE topper gave full credit of her achievement to her parents. "I want to thank my parents especially my mother (Jaya Balakrishnan) who has struggled a lot in trying to bring me up. I have looked up to her and from her determination and persistence I have to learn to not give up," said Lavanya.

When asked about what her advice would be the students especially those who are differently abled who will give the competitive examinations, she said, "Just pursue your passion, and never allow your problems to come in the way of your dreams."

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