By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 12 Aug: St Jude’s School is organising its Annual Creative and Academic Festival, ‘Mindspree’. The two-day festival will include a Singing Competition, Extempore Debate Contest, Art and Mega Poster, Photography, Science Project and Dehradun has Talent Contest.
The Inter -School Singing Competition was held today. The Chief Guest was Bobby Cash, the famous Indian Country Music singer and composer.
Among those present were VR Gardner, Principal, St Jude’s School, Michelle Gardner, Vice-Principal, teachers from various schools and students.
The schools that participated in the Singing Competition were St Thomas’ College, St Jude’s School, Wynberg Allen and Shri Ram Centennial School.
The contest was judged by Ricky Cash, Ragini Shukla and Anthany Gangmei.
The judges thoroughly enjoyed the performances.
The songs presented in the Hindi Solo Singing Category were, ‘Beete Lamhe…’, ‘Ankoh me teri….’, ‘Dil kyu mera shor kare…’ and ‘Alvida…’ Shaurya Aswal from St Jude’s School stood first, closely followed by Harshit Bahukhandi of St Thomas’ College. Aron Thomas of Wynberg Allen School came third in the Hindi Solo Category.
In the English Duet Singing Category, songs like, ‘Baby when you are gone….’,’Island in the stream….’, and ‘The last time’ were sung. Aryan Singh and Anshika Chauhan from St Thomas’ College mesmerised everyone with their soul stirring voice and were declared the winners. Harshvardhan Bhatt and Adya Singh of Shri Ram Centennial School came second. Rachael Scott, Ishaan Semwal of St Jude’s School and Naomi Ross and Ishita Shah of Wynberg Allen School came third together.
The theme for the Group Singing Category was ‘Most popular bands of all time’ which included ‘Another brick in the wall….’,’Mama Mia…’,’Love will keep us alive….’and ’21 Guns’.
Wynberg Allen School’s Choir came first. The First Runners Up was St Thomas’ College School and the Second Runners Up was St Jude’s School.
The dancers of St Jude’s School entertained the audience with the Salsa dance, the Haka dance from New Zealand and Kabuki dance from Japan.
St Thomas’ College won the Overall Winners’ Trophy for the Singing Competition. Wynberg Allen School was declared the Overall Runners Up. St Jude’s School had the same points as Wynberg Allen School but being the host School did not contest for the Trophy.
The Chief Guest gave away the prizes. In his address, Bobby Cash appreciated the students’ singing and dancing. Cash also took everyone on a melodious journey with a rendition of his songs. His son, Ricky Cash, an ex-Thaddeusian, also entertained the audience with a song.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Principal VR Gardner.