Kudla Lass Nishel Almeida to March in Republic Day Parade-New Delhi
Mangaluru: Nishel Flora D’Almeida, a class 9 student of St Aloysius High School- Mangaluru and a budding National Cadet Corps (NCC) Air Wing has been selected to march in the 2017 Republic Day Parade to be held on 26 January in New Delhi. It would be a proud moment for Mangaloreans to watch their local young girl walk along with other cadets and armed contingents from all over India in the parade, also watched by thousands of people at the venue, and millions of others on television.
Proud daughter of Naveen D’Almeida, an entrepreneur in Mangaluru, and Chris Evert D’Almeida a teacher at St Aloysius High school-Mangaluru hailing from Kulshekar, Nishel is a girl of many talents like dancing. singing, compering, dramatics, poetry recital, essay writing and public speaking. With constant encouragement from her home and school, Nishel could mould herself into what she is today.
A dream to join the Air force after her 7th std led Nishel Flora D’Almeida, – presently studying in 9th Std – search for a school that had an NCC Air Wing. Her search ended at St Aloysius High School- Mangaluru. Her dream to be a pilot, to soar the sky made her work hard at school in Junior women’s Air Wing of the NCC. Even though she had to go through several hardships, she remained firm. Her goal was New Delhi. Several selection camps at Alva’s Moodbidri, saw her proceeding to Bengaluru for Pre- RDC selections. At Delhi several competitions such as rifle shooting, traditional dance, drill, public speaking, singing, name it, she has given her best. Nishel emerged as the best cadet in all the camps. She put her heart and soul in it.
Even at school, she was the girl that got totally involved. She went through several exams to be selected as one of the best Cadets of all states. Nishel’s excellence in march past and shooting in air wing is an added feather in her cap. Nishel credits her success to her family members, teachers and especially the school NCC ANO Sunil Lobo who helped her reach greater heights. Nishel has set an example for all girls in the country to follow.
Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Nishal’s mother Chris said, “Nishel is a hard working girl. May God bless her for her enthusiasm, commitment and dedication she puts in all her co-curricular activities. She has made us proud. Just wanted to say to her – “Nishel you have made us proud, all the best, don’t look back..until you reach your goal. We are always there for you to support. We are confident that you will come out in flying colours. Yes, we are proud to be your parents”.
Also speaking to Team Mangalorean, Fr Edward Rodrigues- Headmaster of St Aloysius High school said, “We at St Aloysius wish her well. Her calibre to hold up against all odds and strife towards perfection has enabled her to be placed as the best Cadet of Karnataka-Goa directory. She is an active student and has achieved success in many co-curricular activities. We are extremely happy for her being selected for the Republic Day Parade, which is not only a pride for our school but also Mangaluru City- the education hub”.
Team Mangalorean is also proud of our Mangalorean Lass, and wish her every success in her future endeavours.