The four-day district school youth festival, which concluded in Wandoor on Thursday, was eventful with Vengara educational sub-district coming overall champions.
However, the drowning of a ninth-standard student, Samjit Sham, in a panchayat pond at Wandoor dampened the joy of the youth festival. Samjit Sham is the son of Umer from Tiruvali.
This apart, the festival was a good show of talent. Malappuram sub-district gave a tough challenge to the winners till the last moment. Competitions on the last day of the festival went into late evening as most events had begun late. The refusal of the students to come on stage as the first participant in different events led to the delay.
Vengara sub-district topped in high school and upper primary categories. The students of Malappuram were close behind their Vengara friends. Wandoor sub-district was in the third position.
In upper primary category, Manjeri gave a tough challenge to Vengara and came second.
Malappuram, Wandoor and Tirur sub-districts were in the third position. In the higher secondary category, Malappuram cruised ahead of others when Vengara and Edappal vied for the second and third position.
Parappanangadi sub-district emerged champions in the Sanskrit festival in both high school and upper primary categories.
Melattur lost the first place to Parappanangadi by one point in the upper primary category. Wandoor and Perinthalmanna, too, lost their second place to Melattur by one point.
While Parappanangadi scored 89 points in the Sanskrit festival high school category, Mankada got the second position with 84 points and Vengara the third position with 83 points. Ponnani sub-district won the first place in the Arabic festival of upper primary. Nilambur and Wandoor bagged the second and third positions.
In the Arabic high school category, Wandoor and Areekode sub-districts shared the first position with 91 points. Kondotty and Vengara shared the second slot with 87 points. Melattur and Malappuram shared the third place with 83 points.
Little Flower English Medium Higher Secondary School, Nilambur, emerged champions in the UP category. Thripanachi UP School, bagged the second position. In high school and higher secondary school categories, PKMM Higher Secondary School, Edarikode, topped the chart. Marakkara UP School won the first position in the UP Sanskrit festival. RMHS Melattur, and VPA UP School Vilayil Parappur, shared the second position.
In high school Sanskrit festival, RMH School Melattur won the first prize and DGHSS Tanur won the second prize. In Arabic festival of UP category, ISSHSS Eazhavathuruthi won the first prize with 43 points.
OUP School Tirurangadi won the second prize with 28 points.
In the high school category, SOHS Areekode won the first prize and PPMHSS Kottukara won the second prize.