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Get Real with Cicero's Challenge 2012 - Shruti Mittal - The Sunday Indian
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Get Real with Cicero's Challenge 2012


SHRUTI MITTAL | New Delhi, May 6, 2012 01:07
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Filled with the spirit of competition were the sprawling lawns of IIPM's New Delhi campus during its annual inter-school festival ‘Cicero’s Challenge 2012’ on May 3rd and 4th. This time the theme of the festival was 'Get Real'.

The inter-school festival saw the participation of over 80 schools from across Delhi and more than 1000 students in various competitions that went on for two days.

Appreciating IIPM's efforts to provide a platform, Neelanja Banerjee, a teacher at Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj said, “It is good to see students showcasing their talent and overcoming their fears and exploring themselves at such a huge stage. Their do or die spirit is truly commendable.”

The event kicked off with the debate competition which saw students competing on the topic ‘Technology’, which was followed by the finals on the second day.

The 27 finalists debated on the topic ‘Virtual world is somewhere I can really be me’ with intelligent queries thrown at the end of every speech.

Saksham Agarwal of Amity International School, Gurgaon, who bagged the first prize in the debate competition, got speechless when he was presented a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000, a certificate and a trophy for his win. Later he said that he wasn’t expecting that he would overdo his contenders but was really happy with the result.

Dancing on the beats of Bollywood and Hollywood songs the participants made sure that they don’t leave any stone unturned. From hip-hop to Bollywood latka-jhatkas and contemporary to salsa …everything was served on to the platter for the audiences. Glued to the performances were audiences who didn’t want to miss any move.

Impressed with the performances and the kind of hard work students put in to outdo their contenders besides doing well academically, Neha, a classical dancer and choreographer, who judged the session said, “The energy of the students is commendable. These days not only parents, even schools encourage children to expand their horizons and explore their other hidden talents.”

The first prize was bagged by Montforst Senior Secondary School, Ashok Vihar while Colonel’s Central Academy School, Gurgaon and Salwan Public School emerged as first and second runners up respectively.
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Excited, thrilled, enthusiastic, electrified and all charged up to participate and win were the students of various schools.

Though it was the last event of the day one, the spirit of students and teachers refused to die down and so was the urge to compete and emerge victorious. Students even tried hands on their own compositions, which received an overwhelming response from the audiences. Modern School, Barakhamba got the first prize while Ryan International School and DAV, Sheikh Sarai were the first and second runners up respectively.

Personality Contest
With an aim to allow students express and explore themselves openly, the personality contest was organised which had three rounds—introduction, talent and questionnaire. From dancing to singing students did everything to impress the judges and grab the trophies of Mr and Ms Cicero.  Swasti Kapur of St Thomas School who bagged Ms Cicero’s title said that it is always an honour to participate in Cicero’s Challenge and to emerge as a winner is like a dream come true. Mr Cicero’s title was grabbed by Said Kheershed of Maxfort School.

Just a Minute or extempore saw students expressing and competing on topics like Lunch, Crunch & Munch, Sugar, Figure & Vigour, Let, Zet & Pets, Bone, Cone & Stone etc. Though the topics were not easy but students did well and established that there is nothing impossible for this generation.

Bhavya Batra of Manav Sthali School won the first prize. The first runner up prize was won by Hika Singh of St Thomas School. The second runner up prize was won by two students -- Akash Patnayak of Modern School, Barakhamba and Isha of Amity International School, Gurgaon.
There is an unending list of the competitions organised for the students.

 To name a few there was Collage Making, Creative Writing, Treasure Hunt, Ad Mad, Hangman etc. Wait for the full coverage of the event in the June Issue of Make Your Own Destiny.

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