What: ND Grover Memorial workshop on debate, declamation, extempore, dramatics, creative writing in English and cartooning
When and where: February 5, Hazaribagh superintendent of police Manoj Kaushik inaugurated the competition at DAV Public School. Guest of honour was S.K. Mishra, zonal manager Bank of India
With which country would you associate Magsaysay Award? Which trust did Mahatma Gandhi gave all his properties and royalty from his books? Questions from myriad fields starting from art, culture and classical music to sports, science and myths challenged the grey cells of participants as they wracked their brains to come up with right answers. The debate had an equally engaging topic for the students — Formal syllabus only creates formal robots. Both the winners — best speaker Kritika of Class X-A and second best Ananya, also from the same class, spoke in favour of the motion. Alisha of Class VIII-A, who bagged the best interjector’s prize, did not agree with Kritika and Ananya and offered reasons against the motion. The extempore offered the students a chance to present their views on a matter closest to their hearts, SMS lingo. The topic was SMS kills English language. There was more. If the cartoon competition tested the participants’ creativity with the brush on topics like My Idea of Freedom, Climate Change Challenges and Problem of Democracy, the members of Dramatics Club also showed their creativity on stage. A one-act play on female infanticide, Mujhe Janma Lene Do, directed by Hindi teacher Baldeo Pandey and The dream of Julius Ceaser, performed under the guidance of English teacher Kiran Mishra, were major highlights. Earlier, the students had welcomed chief guest Kaushik and resource person Parnab Mukherjee with bouquets. A floral tribute was paid to a portrait of Late ND Grover.
Best debators: Kritika (first), Ananya (second) and Alisha (best interjector)
Best speaker in extempore: Kshitij Anant
Creative writing: Sangeeta (first), Niharika (second) & Saurabh Kumar (third)