Special Correspondent

Boys and girls vie with each other in ‘Campofez 2009’ for honours

TIRUCHI: The three day ‘Campofez 2009’ – Platinum Jubilee cultural competitions and State-level tournaments at Campion Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in the city provided a good platform to boys and girls to prove their talent, thereby paving the way to holistic personality development. The Campofez was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor of the Periyar Maniammai University, N. Ramachandran, who called upon the students to work for the upliftment of the poor and weaker sections.

N. Amarnath, captain of the Indian basketball team that took part in the 1980 Moscow Olympics and an officer of the State Bank of India, inaugurated the basketball tournament.

In the cultural events, the overall shield was bagged by the Campion AI HSS.

The highlight of the whole show was the competitions conducted for selecting the outstanding students. S. Sriram of Campion AI HSS, was declared ‘Mr. Campofez’ and Sindhuja Anand of St. Joseph’s Anglo Indian HSS, was adjudged ‘Miss Campofez’.

The winners of the cultural events are: Tamil elocution: P. Chindhu (St. Joseph’s AI HSS); Spin a yarn (Tamil): R. Patrick Pious and A. Rowland Bergess; debate: R. Dushyant, Sanjana Ramaman (Montfort School); spell bee: S. Sriram and P. Pranav (Campion); pencil sketching: R. Kishore (Alpha Plus Mat. HSS); action song: Montfort School, Kattur); Iru thuruvangal: A. Sharat Jaffary and Aravind (Campion); Vedikkai vinadi vina: G. Vignesh and D. Srinath (Campion); Campion Liberty: Montfort and painting: T. Pravin (SBIOA School).

The State-level sports events evoked overwhelming response with 16 teams competing in the basketball tournament, 28 teams comprising 114 participants in the table tennis tournament, and 180 students from 18 schools in the chess event.

St. Xavier’s HSS, Palayamkottai, won the hockey tournament by eliminating Montfort HSS, Ariyalur, 2-0 in the finals. The basketball title went to Government Boys HSS, Aranthangi and St. Peter’s HSS, Royapuram, Chennai, finished runner up.

Jawahar HSS, Neyveli, tallied 63 points to win the overall championship in the Aquatic events.

Following students won the individual championship in different categories in the Aquatic events:

Under 17: Sandeep (Jawahar HSS, Neyveli) and Sajan Prakash (St. Paul’s School, Neyveli); under 14: A. Sathyanarayana (Allwin HSS, Thanjavur);

Under 12: C. Ruban Kumar (Santhome HSS, Chennai) and R. Alagiya Singam (Petit Seminaire HSS, Puducherry);

Under 10: S. Dhanush and A.R. Yashwanth (DAV School, Chennai); under 9: Nithyanand (Campion) and under 8: Aakash Naveen (Campion).

The table tennis tournament under 19 category was won by Santhome HSS, Chennai, and the title in the under 17 category went to Montfort Academy, Chennai, and in the 14 category to Petit Seminaire HSS, Puducherry.

T.K.S. Arjun (Santa Maria Mat. School) won the chess tournament in the under 14 years, M. Kathirvel (Petit Seminary HSS) in under 17 and V. Harish Kumar (Petit Seminary) the title in the under 19 category.

Paravai Muniamma, a folk singer and film actor, enthralled the audience with some of her hits on the second day evening, when Sr. Margeret Bastin, Principal, Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, was the chief guest.

The Associate Editor, ‘Dinamalar’, R. Ramasubbu was the chief guest at the valediction and Jiva, actor, was the guest of honour. The Principal, Rev. Bro. Jesuraj and others offered felicitations.