Kovaiglitz organized the 2nd Elocution Competition at the Kovaiglitz Knowledge Center on Sunday, the 20th October 2019. The topics were ‘How to Make Green Kovai Greener’ for 5th to 8th students and ‘Pollution Control is Everyone’s Problem’ for 8th to 12th students. As many as 18 students from different schools in and around Kovaipudur and Kuniamuthur participated. The contestants represented schools like C.S. Academy, Nirmala Matha Convent, CBM Shakunthala, and so on. The Hall was brimming with students, teachers and parents who came to witness the competition. This was the first time, the competition was also held in Tamil.
The 1st prize in the 5th to 8th standard group was bagged by Sri Harshetha A.S. studying in 8th standard at C.S. Academy. The 2nd prize in the same category went to K.S. Jayan studying in 7th std. at Nirmala Matha Convent.
From the 9th to 12th std. group, the 1st prize went to Sanjay J. also from Nirmala Matha, while the 2nd prize was bagged by Aswanth Balaji, a 9th student from C.S. Academy.
Achuth Braj from 9th std. in C.S. Academy was adjudged as the ‘Best Orator’. The Trophy for ‘The Best School Nurturing Good Orators’ was bestowed on C.S. Academy.
Consolation Prizes were also given to P. Kirubashini, 10th grader from C.S. Academy, and B. Mari Selvan also 10th grader from CBM Sakunthalla Vidhyalaya. The latter spoke in Tamil.
A panel of six eminent judges evaluated the speakers based on parameters such as Oratory skills, Content & Word Selection, Accent & Diction, Research, Body Language & Eye Appeal and Time Management. In the closing remarks, the judges gave valuable suggestions on improving the public speaking skills of the students.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Editor-in-Chief, Kovaiglitz, P.K. Balasubramanian said that Elocution competition is all about communication - Communication which is precise, forceful, metered, thought-provoking and finally inducing action. It is like a brick wall in construction. You can neither add an extra brick nor take out one. The piece of communication should impact the mind and intellect. Style, accent and diction, body language, attire … Everything matters in making one’s overall presentation effective, pithy and winsome. Everything being equal, the intonation also makes the sailing smooth and gives the speaker a winning edge.
Welcoming the participants, CEO, Vijay Balasubramanian appreciated the spontaneous response from schools, teachers and student community which helped in making the event a success. He also thanked the sponsors Aura Contrivers and Latha Jewellers, Kovaipudur for their support. Aura sponsored all the individual prizes, while Latha Jewellers sponsored the trophy for the “Best School Nurturing Good Communicators’. Latha Jewellers also sponsored ‘redeem vouchers’ which were presented to select students and teachers who actively participated in the interactive session.
The Elocution Competition2 presented by Shreya Arts helped to send a clear message to society that the onus of keeping the environment clean and green lies on each responsible citizen. If everyone pays attention to do’s and don’ts, we can make our planet sans filth and pollution and worth living.
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