Their school, Arlington Junior School, in Bududa district, was threatened by a landslide that killed two people last June.
However, Godfrey Natseli, Anthony Kuloba, John Walububa and Aziza Kibone overcame the shock to excel in last year's Primary Leaving Examination.
"After the landslide killed the two parents of the school in Bumwalukani village in Bulucheke sub-county, we lived and studied in fear that perhaps our school would be struck anytime," Natseli, who scored aggregate 5, said.
Natseli, 13, says he wants to join Uganda Martyr's Namugongo and pursue science subjects with the ambition of becoming a medical doctor in future.
Anthony Kuloba, 14, who aspires to join King's College Budo, attributes his success to determination, hard work and support from his teachers.
He scored aggregate 5, "I am the eldest child in a family of eight and my parents, being primary school teachers, played a big part in tutoring me during weekends and holidays," Kuloba who also aspires to study science subjects, and become a doctor, said.
Kibone, 14, who was the best female candidate at the school with aggregate 8, says teachers helped her build self- confidence.
She wants to join Iganga Girls and wants become an accountant in future.
"I have heard a lot of stories concerning corruption involving accountants in public offices. I want to join the profession to make a positive change," Kibone promised.
For 13-year-old Joel John Walububa, scoring aggregate 7 in a rural school in the hilly Bududa district was no mean achievement since Arlington Junior School is a day school.