Staff Reporter

Five other teams put up a good fight

VIJAYAWADA: P. Phalgun and N. Sasidhar Sai of V.P. Siddhartha Public School, Vijayawada, emerged regional winners of The Hindu Young World Quiz-2008 at the end of an hour and half-long battle that saw five other teams putting up a good fight in Fr. Devaiah Auditorium of Andhra Loyola College on Tuesday.

After initial hiccups, the boys steadily marched ahead in the battle of brains that saw scores of schoolchildren participating in the event with great enthusiasm.

The six final teams that were picked up from the outstanding lot in the written preliminary round had only a single girl. The quiz progressed on an interesting note but participants chose not to take much risk and so kept themselves off wild guessing. G. Dheeraj Kumar and T. Sharath Chandra of Kumar English Medium High School, Nuzvid, were adjudged the first runners-up, while T. Vihari and E. Manoj Kumar of Teja Talent School, Kodad, came third.

Trailing them in the fourth place were T. Jayadeep and G. Madhusudan Reddy of Sri Viswasanthi English Medium School, Vuyyuru. B. Bhavan Kumar and E. Sai Sri of Teja Talent School, Kodad, occupied fifth place, while their counterparts K. Sai Krishna and T. Jeevan, also from Teja Talent School, Huzurnagar, came last.

Recipe for success

Addressing the children, HRD trainer and psychologist B.V. Pattabhi Ram, who was the chief guest of the occasion, said traits like positive thinking and self-confidence were sure-fire recipe for success. Mr. Pattabhi Ram pointed out that there were simple techniques available for students to outsmart their counterparts. To drive home his point that strength of mind could help an individual achieve his goal, he demonstrated a ‘magic feat’ using a piece of black cloth. Waving the long band of the black cloth before the audience, he said the transformation of an ugly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly could be attributed to its determination.

And even before he could complete his sentence, the black cloth turned into a multi-hued fabric.

Sponsors

He also called a student on to the dais and demonstrated the ‘skywalk’ technique that could help overcome anxiety during examinations and other important occasions.

The sponsors for the event at the national-level include Extramarks.com, D.C. Books Mango, Pepsi Cheetos, Kissan Amaze Brain Food, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Ranga Rao & Sons – Cycle Brand Agarbathies, Dabur- Real Fruit, Firefox Bikes, Lotte, Penguin Books, Reynolds, State Bank of Travancore and Vizag Steel.

At the regional level, the sponsors include Club Mahindra, Amway, BDPS, Brooks, Chandana Brothers, Emesco Books, Ghar Sansar, Juniors – The Toy Shoppe, Maaraj, Maruti Interiors, Modern Super Market, Mumbai Cycle Company, Panasonic Home Appliances, RS IT World, Santhi Arts, Siddhartha Multi-Speciality Dental Hospital, Slim ‘n’ Style, Spice Inn, Swagruha Foods, Sweet Magic, Ashok Book Centre, Andhra Loyola College, D.V. Manor, Durga Travels, Elegant Car Shoppe, Veenus Collections, Vilan and CBR Academy of Sports (in cash).