Boys’ High School (BHS) and College repeated the history and clinched the prestigious ‘Alfresco 2019 Championship Trophy’ by outclassing 9 prominent Schools at the three-day Inter Institutional Cultural and Games Extravaganza which concluded here late on Thursday evening. Girls’ High School (GHS) and College grabbed the runners up trophy while Bishop’s Co-ed School, Pune came third.
On this occasion, an alumnus of Boys’ High School and College, Mr. Manish Goyal, a senior advocate and Additional Advocate General, Government of UP was the chief guest. The Principal, Mr. D. A. Luke and Academic Supervisor, Mrs. C. B. Luke accorded a warm welcome to Mr. Goyal and his wife on their arrival to the school.
This year, twenty-four competitive events were held in the three day mega fest. Of them, eight each were in junior, senior and open categories. The participants who excelled at the events and emerged as winners were felicitated for their achievements at a glittering prize distribution ceremony held at the Middle School Hall.
Approximately 800 participants from ten prominent schools namely, Bishop’s Co-Ed School (Bishop), Pune, Girls’ High School (GHS) and College, St. Joseph’s College (SJC), St. Mary’s Convent Inter College (SMC), Mary Lucas School (MLS) and College, Erny Memorial Senior Secondary School (EMS), St. Anthony’s Convent (SAC), Tagore Public School (TPS), Dwarika Prasad Public School (DPPS) and the host, Boys’ High School (BHS) and College took part in the competition.
Colloquy marked the start of the final day of Alfresco 2019. The topic for Colloquy was “Strict parenting raises strong hearted and resilient children.” in which the participants were judged for their content, diction, delivery, manner, time and language. The Colloquy witnessed a lively discussion and arguments for and against the motion. This was followed by HAM (Half-A-Minute), in which varied and bone-tickling topics were invented by Mr. Shyamal Narain, an alumnus of the school and a lawyer of the Allahabad High Court. The contestants were given half-a-minute to speak without stopping, stammering and pausing. The audience was split into laughter as the competitors put their random thoughts into words. The most-awaited event of the day was En Vogue, on the theme “Evolution of Fashion – Then and Now”. The participants were judged on their costumes, theme, ramp walk and attitude. The sizzling performances by each team were applauded by the audience.
In an inspiring address, Mr. Manish Goyal recalled his association with Alfresco three decades back when he was student of the school. He motivated the participants for taking part in the Inter-institutional Cultural and Games Extravaganza Alfresco and added that Alfresco is a litmus test which shapes the personality traits of a student. He asked the students to stand up with self-confidence and give your best to achieve the best. This is an important part of education system and unless and until personality is developed, the knowledge by book will not sub serve its full purpose. He stated that competitive spirit is another facet of a healthy personality, which in this era of the echotech world assumes great importance and to have an edge over the others one have to be on his own merits for which one must not lose any opportunity when it comes in one’s way. H
Earlier, the BHS Principal, Mr. D. A. Luke congratulated the winners and motivated others who could not win the prizes. In the end, the Academic Supervisor, Mrs. C. B. Luke proposed a vote of thanks. She acknowledged the tireless efforts put in by the staff and students alike to make this event a memorable one. The function was conducted by Mr. L.A.M. French, In-charge, College Section.
The results were as follows: Colloquy: Best Team: Bishop’s, Runners-up: GHS, Best Speaker for the motion: Kris Yadav (Bishop), Best Speaker against the motion: Ravit Singh (BHS); Best Interjector: Ojasvi Singh (GHS); Half-A-Minute: SMC-I, GHS-II, BHS-III; En Vogue: GHS-I, BHS-II; Caption Me: Bishop-I, TPS-II, GHS-III; Creative Muse: GHS-I, BHS-II; Director’s Cut: BHS-I, SJC-II, GHS-III; Rock On: BHS-I, PRS-II, SJC-III; Zip Zap Zoom: (Boys): Harshit Nath (BHS)-I, Ayush Kumar Singh (BHS)-II; (Girls): Kaashvi Chawla (GHS)-I, Shubhi Singh (GHS)-II; Games Category: Basketball (Girls): SAC-I, GHS-II, Best Player: Anjali Sagar (GHS); Basketball (Boys): BHS-I, MLS-II, Best Player: Suzaan Sagar Singh (BHS); T10 Cricket: BHS (A)-I, BHS(B)-II, Best Batsman: Akshat Gupta (BHS-A); Best Bowler: Shubham Upadhyaya (BHS-A); Football:SJC-I, BHS-II.