By OUR STAFF REPORTER
MUSSOORIE, 1 Sep: The Annual Cultural Extravaganza ‘Milestone’ was organised on Saturday at St George’s College here and hosted over 600 participants from 22 schools from in and around Uttarakhand. At the Opening Ceremony, Principal Bro Tomy Varghese; Vice Principal Bro Earnest Martin; Cultural Coordinator Deepali Ballabh; Cultural President Shubh Parekh and a representative of the 2018 Milestone winning team, St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun, lit the ceremonial lamp, after which Guest of Honour Dr Tejaswani Manogna declared the fest open. The Welcome Address was delivered by Deepali Ballabh. The Chief Guest at Milestone 2019 was Raghav Juyal, dancer, choreographer, anchor and actor. He is also called the King of Slow Motion for his surreal dance moves in slow motion – his stage name ‘Crockroaxz’ describes his dancing style; an amalgamation of being powerful like a crocodile and creepy like a cockroach. Raghav Juyal has been a finalist in various Zee TV dance reality shows such as ‘Dance India Dance’. He has hosted several television shows and has played pivotal roles in various movies. Present on the occasion as Guest of Honour was second runner–up at the Ms India Universe pageant, Dr Tejaswani Manogna, trained Bharatnatyam dancer, State and National level player of Basketball, and Netball, Winner of State Youth Award, Government of Maharashtra, and brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for AMC. Events like Bust A Groove, Head Banger, the Imitation Game, Project Runway, Pixelated, Now Rolling, Shades from the Past, and Hues and Strokes kept the participants on their toes. Among the out-station schools that participated were St Patrick’s Academy, Meerut, Mount St Mary’s, Delhi, St Mary’s Academy, Meerut, and Pinegrove School, Solan. Schools from Dehradun and Mussoorie included Shriram Centennial School, Cambrian Hall, Welham Girls’ School, Hopetown Girls’ School, St Joseph’s Academy, Vantage Hall, Welham Boys’, The Doon School, Unison World School, St Jude’s School, Ecole Globale International, Tula’s International School, Selaqui International School, Shigally Hill International Academy, Wynberg Allen School, Convent of Jesus and Mary (Waverly) and Mussoorie International School. These events were judged by a panel of experts from various fields. Chetan Rajani, Amrita Shah, Aman Bajwa, Ankit Biltoria, Avinash, Sharon Russell, Richard John Cash, Amos, Micka Russell, Josiah Rongmei, Pragya Agarwal, Tusha Kashyap, Chris Rathore, Tanmay Pandey, Anant Agarwal and Yashaswi Juyal were among those that evaluated the performances of the participants. The highlights of the day were the spectacular performances in music and dance. The special guests expressed their amazement at the level of talent displayed at the fest and said that platforms like Milestone are required to encourage the youth to aspire to greater levels of accomplishment. Hopetown Girls’ School emerged Champion of Milestone 2019, while the Runner Up was St Joseph’s Academy, Dehradun. Congratulating the winners as well as all the participants, Principal Bro Tomy Varghese expressed his gratitude to the Principals of local and district schools for continued support and active participation in Milestone, year after year. Shubh Parekh, President, Cultural Committee, proposed the vote of thanks.