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Battle of brains at steel city cradle

- Hill Top School to host 2nd edition of Leadership Challenge from Dec. 4

Original thinking and persuasive articulation — the Leadership Challenge organised by Hill Top School is not just a test of words or the language. It is a unique verbal challenge, one that throws subjective situations and makes students sit up and think.

The second edition of the Leadership Challenge, an event largely inspired by The Big Fight — a top verbal duel aired by a leading national news channel — will kick off at Telco’s Hill Top School on December 4 this year.

Quizmaster Lloyd Saldanha of Greycaps, India’s second-largest quiz organisers, will be the moderator at the event, which will be hosted by Hill Top School at Telco Club with The Telegraph as its media partner.

Speaking to The Telegraph, principal of Hill Top Puneeta B. Chouhan said the event was not like any other hosted in recent times, as it did not give students time to come prepared.

“It is an on-the-spot test of your brains that helps imbibe leadership skills in students enabling them to think freely and map their course of action,” Chouhan said.

Girl power had ruled the maiden edition of the challenge, with Sumona Kundu of Hill Top School and Spriha Biswas of Rajendra Vidyalaya emerging as winners after a closely fought final at Tata Auditorium.

According to the organisers, unlike normal quizzing, there were no right or wrong answers during the Leadership Challenge.

A format that combined debates and group discussions, it gives every participating student a chance to speak.

The preliminary round will consist of group discussions and personal interviews, after which eight participants will be shortlisted for the final event.

The parameters for choosing a winner will be communication skills, fluency of language, clarity of thought, listening skills, ability to negotiate with one’s opponent, awareness and knowledge.

Around 15 Jamshedpur schools, have already confirmed their participation in the event, which carries a prize money of Rs 7,500 for the winning team and Rs 5,000 for the runner-up. Each school can send a maximum of two students who study in Classes XI and XII.