A student of the Government Higher Secondary School in Thirunelveli, S Jasmine, secured the first rank in the state in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate exam by scoring 495 marks out of 500. Jasmine was declared the topper, after the results were declared on May 26, 2010, is the daughter of textile merchant Sheik Dawood and Noorjehan. In 1984, Noorjehan had come second in her school in Class 10 only to have to discontinue her education and get married.
Jasmine's father Dawood, who has studied upto class 8, is involved in the textile business, selling saris and housecoats door-to-door. Her elder brother Imran completed his polytechnic course and is now working as a marketing executive for a telephone company to support the family. Her younger brother is in class VI.