The Silver Jubilee Memorial Inter-School English & Hindi Debates, Quiz and Multimedia Presentations

The Silver Jubilee English & Hindi Debates, Quiz and Multimedia Presentation was hosted by Mayo College Girls’ School from the 22nd to the 24th of September, 2014. Eleven schools from all over the country participated in the competition, and performed commendably in each event.

In the extempore and turncoat debate of the preliminary round of the English debate, the Best Speaker awards went to Pranaav Parrth of Mayo College and Shivansh Khemka of B.K Birla for Education; the Most Promising Speaker awards went to Simran Sharma of Punjab Public School and Darshita Lohiya of R.K.K Girls’ Public school respectively. Four schools qualified for the semi-final round of the debate, namely Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya (Jaipur), Bishop Cotton School (Shimla), Genesis Global School (Noida) and Mayo College Girls’ School (Ajmer). The semi-final round was held in two pools; pool A consisted of Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya and Genesis Global School, while pool B consisted of Bishop Cotton School and Mayo College Girls’ School. In pool A, the Best Speaker awards for and against the motion went to Shagun Taparia of Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya and Vatsalya Saini of Genesis Global School respectively. The Most Promising Speaker award went to Rhitik Jassar of Genesis Global School. In pool B, the Best Speaker Awards for and against the motion were won by Ankit Gongal of Bishop Cotton School and Navya Mehta of Mayo College Girls’ School respectively; the Most Promising Speaker was given to Anushka Chaturvedi of Mayo College Girls’ School. Both pools saw some intense debate, and two schools qualified for the final round- Genesis Global School and Mayo College Girls’ School. In the final round of the debate, too, both teams made an admirable effort. While the Best Speaker award and Most Promising Speaker award went to Rhitik Jassar and Arithro Bose (respectively), both of Genesis Global School, the debate itself was won by Mayo College Girls’ School.

In the Hindi debate, a total of eight teams participated, from which six qualified for the semi-final round- Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya (Jaipur), B.K.Birla Centre for Education (Pune), Welham Girls’ School (Dehradun), Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls’ School (Jodhpur), Mayo College (Ajmer), and Mayo College Girls’ School (Ajmer). In the preliminary round, Gurkripa Kaur of Welham Girls’ School was adjudged the Best Speaker; in the semi-final round, Anushka Pathak of Mayo College Girls’ School won the award for Best Speaker for the motion and Vaibhav Ramlakhani won the award for Best Speaker against the motion. Four teams qualified for the final round of the debate, which were Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya, Welham Girls’ School, Mayo College and Mayo College Girls’ School. In the final round, Anushka Pathak of Mayo College Girls’ School won the award for Best Speaker for the motion, while Anchit Shivam of Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya won the award for Best Speaker against the motion. The awards for Best Rebuttals for and against the motion were won by Radhika Joshi of Mayo College Girls’ School and Vaibhav Agarwal of Mayo College respectively. The winner of the Hindi debate was Mayo College Girls’ School, with Mayo College placing second.

In the Quiz, out of the ten teams that participated in the preliminary written round, six made it to the finals- Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya (Jaipur), Welham Girls’ School (Dehradun), the Doon School (Dehradun), Genesis Global School (Noida), L.K. Singhania Education Centre (Gotan) and Mayo College Girls’ School (Ajmer). In the final round of the quiz, Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya placed first, Genesis Global School placed second, and Mayo College Girls’ School, third.

Seven out of the eleven schools participating in the competition also took part in the Multimedia Presentation, wherein teams were taken for a tour of Ajmer, after which they had to make a multimedia presentation on the topic ‘Ajmer: a Heritage City’. Each of the teams put up an interesting, artful presentation showcasing the heritage of Ajmer. L. K. Singhania Education Centre stood first in the event, with Mayo College and Welham Girls’ School placing second and third respectively.

The Silver Jubilee Memorial competition was a great learning experience for all who were involved- participants, escorts, teachers, and students. All of them contributed to its success, and we hope that every person who was a part of it takes back wonderful memories of the competition and of their time in Mayo.

 

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