| Students of BD Public School who won prizes in the Red Cross National Youth Exchange Programme, along with institution director SB Rai. Telegraph picture |
BD Public School, Patna, has won the second prize at the National Youth Exchange Programme organised by Red Cross Society in Amritsar.
The nine-day event came to an end on December 29. Twenty-seven teams from 13 states took part in it.
“There were a large number of events, like group dance, singing, quiz and poster making. There were 12 of us in the team. All of us were from classes X and XI,” said Akash Kumar, a Class X student of the school.
He added: “We got around a month-and-a-half to practise for the events. There were some events like declamation, which we had never heard about before. But we were very excited.”
Declamation is a rhetorical speech. “I had never taken part in such an event, and I got only half-an-hour to prepare,” said Akash. He won the third prize for speaking on female foeticide. “It was a great experience to take part in a national event,” the student added.
The participants were also taken to the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh.
Another student Nancy Agrahari, who won the second prize for paper reading, said: “We had a great time. As we were very focussed, we were confident of winning prizes.”
The school authorities are also very happy with the achievements of the students. “The talented students have made us and the state proud,” said director S.B. Rai.
Elaborating on the process of team selection, principal (second shift) Madhawi Kumari said: “We organised a few competitions in school and selected the students. Two teachers, Alpana Mishra and Rajeev Ranjan Giri, helped them prepare.”
Indian Red Cross Society Bihar director S.P. Singh said: “We are very happy that a team from our state has come second. We selected it for the national competition after assessing a number of schools.”