Madurai’s little wonder girl

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Madurai: She could recite all the 1,330 couplets of Thirukural, a universal Tamil classical poem, at the age of three. She’s the world’s youngest Red Hat Certified Engineer. She was the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional – passing the Microsoft installing, configuring and administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional examination in 2008. She also has a number of other laurels to her name — the Limca Book of World Records, Asia Book of Records, and National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement by the government of India!

And she’s all of 10, all set to turn 11 this May! M. Lavinashree is, however, rather matter of fact about her accomplishments. “I scored 178.1 out of 200 in my test at Red Hat. It was simple as I was preparing for it for the last four years. My family encouraged me to go on,” says the Class VI student of Lakshmi School, Veerapanchan, Madurai, who completed the entire Red Hat Certified Program requirements last June via a Prometric examination.

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