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Friday Ecstasy

A band performs at the fest . Picture by Animesh Sengupta

From clicking their best shots to making music to racking their brains to solve mathematical problems, students of 11 Jamshedpur cradles indulged in an action-packed break on Friday before getting down to revise in earnest for their annual examinations.

Ecstasy, an inter-school fest organised by DAV Public School tested the oratory skills, debating faculty, creativity as well as singing and dancing expertise of the students.

The cultural extravaganza had 10 events — Snap shot, Web designing, Treasure hunt, Band performance, Rangoli, Mathemagic, Explore science, English debate, Dancing shoes and Ramp walk — lined up through the day.

“Photography is my hobby. So, participating in Snap shot was an obvious call. The theme was the school building and I tried to take photographs from different angles, using a Canon Powershot camera,” said Sakshya Deep, a Class XI student of Rajendra Vidyalaya. Students were also allowed to edit their photos and refine them using software.

The web designing contest required students to develop a website for the school and they were judged on the content, multimedia, creativity and presentation.

However, it was Treasure hunt that gave the students a really hard time.

A participant sashays in red. Picture by Animesh Sengupta

Four teams were shortlisted based on a written test of riddles. “The teams had 25 minutes to solve the riddles in the preliminary round and 40 minutes in the final round. If they could find all the clues before time, they had bonus points,” said teacher-co-ordinator for the event Pratibha Singh.

Things did not end there.

There were high-octane and electrifying performances by 11 rock bands belting out a medley of songs that was accompanied by serious head banging and foot tapping from an appreciative audience.

The high point of the daylong carnival was Ramp walk, the fashion show, where girls sizzled on the catwalk in clothes designed by the students themselves. The promising young designers setting bigger ramps on fire in future is a distinct possibility.

The host school was declared the overall winner and Carmel Junior College followed as runner-up.