The “161st Annual Sports and Athletic Meet” of Boys’ High School (BHS) and College was held on the sprawling lush green field of the school campus on Sunday. Mr. Manish Goyal, Additional Advocate General, Government of Uttar Pradesh and an alumnus of the school was the Chief Guest.
The Principal, Mr. D. A. Luke and the Academic Supervisor, Mrs. C. B. Luke accorded a warm and cordial welcome to the Chief Guest and his better half Mrs. S. Goyal. In his motivational address, the Principal encouraged the students to actively take part in the field and track events in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
In the battle of mettle, fortitude, courage and determination St. Andrew’s House, in a spectacular display of field and tracks events bagged 435 points to its credit and won the prestigious `Athletic Championship Trophy’. St. Patrick’s House with 395 points came second while St. Peter’s House and St. George’s House with 356 and 159 points were placed in the third and fourth positions respectively.
Spreading the colours of brilliance and excellence, the four Houses namely, St. Andrew’s House, St. George’s House, St. Patrick’s House and St. Peter’s House displayed a synchronous March Past. The marching contingent was led by Sports Captain, Vinayak Pratap Singh.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Manish Goyal, took the salute of the impressive March Past. On behalf of the competitors, the Sports Captain took the oath and solemnly pledged to uphold the spirit of true sportsmanship. Thereafter, the Chief Guest declared the “161st Annual Sports and Athletic Meet” open. The ceremonial lighting of the torch was a breath-taking spectacle. Our star sports persons who performed brilliantly in the State and National championships carried the torch. The torch bearers were Tejas Pratap Singh, Harsh Purwar, Abhra Pandey, Syed Mohd. Ibrahim, Kabir Krishnan and finally our Sports Captain Vinayak Pratap Singh who lit the torch.
In his brief address, the Chief Guest, Mr. Manish Goyal reminiscenced his nostalgic memories and remarked, “We come and go but the BHS remains.” Braving all weather conditions, the school has sailed through 161 years and is still standing tall. BHS has produced many legends who have brought name, fame and glory to the country and to their Alma Mater. No field is untouched where alumni of this great institution are not found. He further added that a school is place for character building and recalled the words of Padma Vibhushan Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.”
The students showcased multi-faceted talents in the drills and races and mesmerized the audience. To name a few were `Angels of Peace and Love’ by Playway, Nursery and Prep, `The Circus’ by classes I, II and III, `Our Heroes—The Farmers of India’ by classes IV and V, `Blaze New Horizon’ by classes VI, VII and VIII and `Emblem’ by classes IX to XII.
As the races began, the air was filled with exhilaration and cheering by the students supporting their respective Houses to encourage the athletes participating in field and track events. The athletes ran with determination to achieve glory for their House.
The prizes were distributed by the chief guest, his better half and other honoured guests. The function came to end with a vote of thanks by the Academic Supervisor, Mrs. C. B. Luke followed by the singing of the National Anthem.