WOWS FROM THE BOUGHS!
CICERO’S CHALLENGE 2012 HAD THROWN DOWN THE GAUNTLET IN SIX OTHER CITIES. PUNE, BHUBANESHWAR, LUCKNOW, KOLKATA, JAIPUR AND CHANDIGARH ROSE TO THE OCCASION AND SET THE STAGE FOR THIS UNIQUE CELEBRATION OF WIT AND WORDS!
The Cicero’s Debate in Bhubaneshwar saw students battle it out through the prelims and into the finals. Soumya Subhadarshini of DAV Chandrasekharpur was ecstatic at being declared the winner. “The feeling when they called my name was a mixture of astonishment and satisfaction. It was unbelievable…” she exclaimed.
Apart from the debate, Flipback was the other highlight of Cicero’s. Second runner-up Nilav Banerjee of DAV Chandrasekharpur was also a strong contender in the Debate. But he holds no grudges. Winning and losing is a part of every game, and winning definitely feels great,” he reflected.
Cicero’s in Kolkata started with the Debate that showcased brilliant young minds. The lucky winner was only one, and that was Shreyas Mohta of Abhinav Bharti School. “The experience was amazing. In a nutshell, fantabulous!” he said.
The campus itself was decorated with posters made by school students during the collage making competition that echoed the theme “Get Real”. The campus was abuzz with enthusiasm as students from over 50 schools came to participate.
The Jaipur debate brought young, intelligent debaters together to unleash their arguments for or against given topics. The winner, Sikhpal Kaur from Army School, was obviously more than delighted. “I really enjoyed and was really very happy with my success… to see the hard work pay off,” she said.
In The Pied Piper (Antakshari) event, 19 teams participated and started with an ‘indigenous’ version “Baithe baithe kya karein, karna hai kuch kaam; shuru karo antakshri, leke IIPM ka naam!” Belting out songs with flourish, students enjoyed it to the hilt.
IPM Lucknow hosted Cicero’s Challenge 2012 with fun and fervour, with many renowned schools in active participation. The event began with the debate wherein the students displayed their rhetorical skills and mesmerized the audience as well as the judges. When we asked Arsalan (the winner from City Montessori School) about how he felt on having won, he replied “Of course it was a great feeling to be the winner. As we were the best, there was no challenge.”
One of the highlights of the event was an inter-school ‘Tug of War’; St Francis’ College won the battle of brawn and walked away with a delicious chocolate cake for prize!
Cicero’s was a fun experience with activities and games designed to challenge the students. The theme was “Rock Stars at Schools”. The Great Debate was accompanied by fun-filled activities like Scavenger Hunt (each team had to scour for unusual items on a list within an hour!) and a Photo Pose session where students had to use props given to them and get their best pose clicked, rocket-style! Add to this a number of food stalls to tempt taste buds, and Cicero’s turned out to be a complete psycho-sensual experience.
Cicero’s Challenge at IIPM Chandigarh was organised on 27th April and was inaugurated by Mr Jayanta Chakroborti, Dean, IIPM Chandigarh. The carnival withnessed participation from renowned schools like St. Peter’s, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Shivalik Public School etc. Of these, St John’s student, Ujjwal, won the flagship Debate event. Thanking IIPM for giving him this opportunity and platform, he said, “The topic was such that it made us think. Our school teachers helped us a lot.” The other events that saw huge participation included Mr & Ms Cicero’s, and Choreography competitions.