Hard work of a teenager is an inspirational story for all the youngsters across the nation. Sixteen-year-old Momita Karki from Nagaland has shown to the whole world that with hard work anyone can achieve their desired goals, as she cracked the 10th exams conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) and ranked among the top 10. She secured 95.33% with distinction marks in all the subjects.
Momita Karki passed out from Regimental School in the Thizama Assembly Constituency and walks 35 minutes every day to reach her school. A student there since class A, Momita’s elder brother was also the top 38th rank holder in HSLC 2014 and encouraged Momita to study hard to secure good grades.
Momita is the daughter of Hera Bahadur Karki, a milkman and was raised in a cow farm (Khuti), where the family looks after 10 cows, 14 goats at Tsezou, L Khel Kohima village near Thizama. The family have been staying at the farm for more than 25 years.
When she gets off school, Momita helps out her parents in household chores and gathering cattle fodder, leaving very little time for other hobbies. But despite having a hectic life, the youngster also studied for 8-9 hours every day since January in preparation for her exams.
Asked on her first reaction of being in the toppers’ list, she said she was excited at the news. However, she added that her happiness was laced with sorrow as Apfutsa Lt Vinyüzo Mepfhüo, who inspired her to be in the toppers’ list, expired just before her exam started. She said she owed her success to Apfutsa, family, friends, teachers and God.
Interestingly, the family in the farm received electricity connection in 2014 after Momita’s elder brother Manoj got a rank in the HSLC exam of 2014. He is presently doing BSc final at Kohima Science College. Out of the three siblings, Momita is the youngest and her elder sister is doing BA (5th semester) at Kohima College.