The Daily Star honoured 2,122 students for their extraordinary results in O- and A-level exams yesterday.
Eight of them were recognised for achieving the highest A's in O- and A-level at the ceremony at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in the capital's Mirpur. Thirteen A- and 29 O-level students were handed certificates for scoring the world's highest marks in one or more exams. Twenty-seven A levels and 65 O levels students, who scored the top marks in one or more exams in Bangladesh, were also recognised.
The awardees include 1,504 O and 484 A-level students.
As the students queued in a single file before the stage to receive the awards, they expectantly scanned the gallery above for familiar faces, making sure that their parents did not miss their moment in the sun.
They were buzzing with excitement about their inspirations and goals for the future. "I like learning a lot. I like to read the newspaper and encyclopaedia. I took a lot of subjects because I wanted to learn a little bit of everything," said Afrah Taheeya Ahmed, who got eight A*s and three A's in O levels.
The highest number of A achiever for O-levels was Alifa Ayman Rupkatha from ABC International School, who received 10 A*s and two A's. To the future candidates, she remarked, "Although the process is lengthy and you face lots of difficulties and obstacles while preparing for this, the end result really makes it worthwhile."
Zarin Rafa Authoi from Rosedale International School and College and Radowan Ahmed Baized from ABC International School were among the achievers of the highest number of A's.
Mubarrat Tajoar Chowdhury of Sunshine Grammar School and College, who has the highest number of A's in A levels, is pursuing a degree in engineering from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea. He said, "I hope to be at the forefront of technological innovation.''
The highest achievers also delivered speeches at the ceremony. Mubarrat Tajoar Chowdhury stressed the importance of hobbies ''even if it seemingly does not have tangible outputs''.
They showed interests in a variety of subjects from literature, economics to life sciences and theoretical physics.