The youth festival saw talent and skill triumph over competition.

The campus of Vikaasa School, Madurai, pulsated with talent drawn from schools of southern districts for three days. Fantasia-2K10, an inter-school youth festival organised by the Interact Club of Vikaasa and Rotary Club of Madurai West was held recently. This was followed by the unique inter-school ‘Guru-Shishya Meet', into the sixth edition this year, conducted in association with the Rotary Club of Madurai West and Rotary Club of Madurai Metro.

Positive qualities

The objective of the youth festival, Principal A. Sudhakaran said, was to instil leadership qualities like time management, crisis solving ability, team spirit and decision-making skill among the children. The event was fully organised by students. Members of the Interact Club raised funds from various sponsors to be spent on charitable projects as part of the event.

The festival was inaugurated by Sophia Immanuel, Senior Manager, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, an old student. Children from primary classes participated in fancy dress, quiz, action song and dancing stars competitions while Rangoli, puzzles, ‘Vikaasa Theatre' and English and Tamil extempore were reserved for the seniors. Prizes were distributed by A. Rajamohan, managing director, Envirocare India. Bharat Montessori School, Ilanji, Courtallam, won the overall championship, followed by Velammal Matric H.S. School, Madurai.

The Guru-Shishya Meet was unique as teachers and students participated in events like ‘Dumb and Dumber,' ‘Spell Bee,' ‘Vaarthai Vilayattu' and ‘Critical Eye' as a team. It also featured shuttle badminton, table tennis, throwball and basketball tournaments. The highlight of the event was a science exhibition on the theme, “Educational toys to demonstrate scientific principles.”

The host, Vikaasa School, won the championship with a good margin. Those who addressed the participants included P.G.S. Dinesh Davidson, Deputy General Manager, Fenner India; K. Nandalal, president, Rotary Club of Madurai West; R. Raja Govindasamy, director, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, and A. Sudhir, president, Rotary Club of Madurai Metro.