Saturday, February 24, 2018

Shivanna wants to be a lawyer—even PM


proud parents: Top SEA pupil Shivanna Chatoor is congratulated by her parents, Shivanand and Gaitree Chatoor, at Avocat Vedic Primary School, Fyzabad, on Wednesday. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

Mark Fraser

First-place Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) pupil Shivanna Chatoor is focused on becoming a lawyer. And maybe even the next woman prime minister.

Chatoor, of Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad, said she enjoyed debating and taking on challenges.

“I really want to be a lawyer. And, yes, maybe even the prime minister,” she said.

Chatoor said she was overjoyed by the news she had placed first in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Chatoor’s mother, Gaitree Chatoor, said her first-born had always been exceptional. 

“As a child, she was always interested in academics. From small, she was always trying to excel at everything she did,” she said.

Her father, Shivanand Chatoor, a citrus and animal farmer, said his daughter was a hard worker and always wanted to be the best.

Shivanna Chatoor attended St Martin ECCE at Siparia Old Road and then gradua­ted to Avocat Vedic Primary School.

Her mother said, “She is a competitive child and participated in all activities at school. From kindergarten, she was a leader, the queen of the band in Carnival and everything else. She loves to debate and she took that attitude with her to primary school.”

Gaitree Chatoor, a seamstress, said her daughter enjoyed playing music, computer games and riding her bicycle.

Chatoor said her children —Shivanna and nine-year-old Trishanna—enjoyed going to the family orchard when their father was reaping the crop. 

“We would all go when he was picking the crop and pick up the oranges. It is a really nice outing for us,” she said.

Chatoor said she expected great results from her child. 

“But I know everyone is trying with their children, so you can never tell. I didn’t know she would place first in

the country. We are really thankful and happy,” she said.

Chatoor said her daughter never went to extra lessons until October last year when she took classes in creative writing. “And she would go to lessons on Saturdays with her class teacher at the school,” she said.

Chatoor said she was over­whelmed by the many strangers who congratulated her daughter in the past two days. 

“I want to say thank you to everyone, it means a lot. We

appreciate everyone of you. And I want to assure you that Shivanna would make you all proud. I expect a bright future for her,” she said.


Chatoor, of Avocat Vedic School, was named top pupil in the SEA, based on results that were released to primary schools on Wednesday. 

 n Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesngh were present to congratulate her.