Winners take it all

Winners take it all

Student power

Prodigy : Sanjana Arora from Chandigarh

The event saw 60 finalists from four South Asian countries — India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan — competing to be part of the Wizkids team of four. The event began with each of the 60 finalists introducing themselves within the 45-second time frame given to them.

After the introductions, the Wizkids, divided into groups, performed a song, skit and a dance routine which were fascinating to watch as it had students from different cities across four countries interacting with one another. The 60 finalists were reduced to 12 based on prior assessment conducted over a period of five days. The 12 finalists were then given two minutes each to elaborate on the project they had undertaken to do their bit for the society coinciding with the theme this year ‘I Want it All’.

It was truly heart rendering to see what these kids had achieved; fifth standard student Siddhant Dubey from Bhopal was one such example, his project aimed at helping the elderly in an old-age home. He said that his initiatives included forming a group of 15 called Jadu ki Jhappi, who aided in bringing a smile on the faces of the elderly during their birthdays by participating in them and helped raise funds for the old-age home through cultural events.

An equally amazing initiative was by P Hima Bindu from Chennai who fought the unemployment problem in three slums near her school by organising an employment fair at the school. Some of the really innovative ways of pulling in crowds to the event used by her team included performing street plays at slums and driving around autorickshaws all around the slums and calling out to the crowds to come to the fair.

After the project demonstration, what followed was the talent round where the finalists enthralled the audiences with some impromptu poetry, a violin recital performed blindfolded and finger painting, which were the highlights of the second round.

The last round was the question and answer round where the finalists were grilled by the judges on their beliefs and their solutions to the problems facing our world. The one answer that struck a chord, was by Vibha Mohan from Bangalore. When asked what she would want to change if she were the queen for a day, she said without a second thought said that she would change the way people think!

The eminent judging panel had M B Jayaram, General Manager-corporate communications, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited; Ashish Ballal, ex-captain of the Indian hockey team; Lilette Dubey; Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi, Deputy High Commissioner Pakistan; M A Khalid, State Secretary Bharat Scouts and Guides; Puneet Das, GM, Horlicks and Toby Burton, Vice-President, Cisco.

The winners of the event included Nicole Angelina Ida Muller from Sri Lanka, Siddhant Dubey from Bhopal, Devesh Narayana, from Pune and Vibha Mohan from Bangalore. They were each given a cash award of Rs 1 lakh and will be flown to New Zealand for an international student exchange programme.

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