A Good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer and thus emerge stronger. – Nelson Mandela
On 26th and 27th December the campus of Sri Venkateshwar International School, sector 18, Dwarka added another feather to its cap by organizing the National Level ‘Maha Behes 2017’. Formidable debaters from eight cities were welcomed at Sri VIS. Holding an event of such stature and magnitude is no mean achievement. The ‘Maha Behes’ witnessed a mammoth participation of 29 schools from across the country with over 400 participants. The top qualifying teams from all the ‘Behes’ tournaments this season battled it out to win the coveted title.
The first day witnessed some adroit participants battle it out through three rounds. Each ‘Behes’ round was conducted in a simplified parliamentary format. Contestants participated in two categories – Cubs from classes 6 – 8 and Lions from 9 – 12 standards. They were given impromptu topics based on a suggested reading. The free-flowing debate format encouraged growth of research, collaborative and analytical prowess apart from oratory skills. The roller coaster ride of ideas was followed by the Christmas Ball, an evening of music, fun and frolic. The stars of the evening were budding Sri VIS musicians who moved the reverberating audience with their foot tapping numbers.
In the ‘Lions’ category, winners were from the team ‘Gucci Gang’ from DPS, RK Puram and IPS Indirapuram. The Sri Venkateshwar team (Pacifiers) were the Runners up. The winner ‘Cubs’ team was from Maxfort School, Dwarka (A Deck With Only Ace Cards) and Queen’s Valley, Dwarka (We Solemnly Swear We’re Up To No Good) team were the Runners up. Stubh Lal from Sri Venkateshwar School was adjudged the ‘Best Lions Speaker’ of ‘Maha Behes 2017’. The ‘Cubs Best Speaker’ was Dhriti Narang from Maxfort School, Dwarka. The finale was followed by the vote of thanks by the ‘Behes’ organizers and Prize distribution ceremony.
The ‘Maha Behes 2017’ culminated with a roaring response and a promise to be bigger and better next year.