Manthan SVK, in its endeavor to progress communication and inventive skills amongst its students, participated with Maverik Ventures’ for its annual event ‘Speaker of the Year’ (SOTY). MAVERIK VENTURES SPEAKER OF THE YEAR (SOTY) FINALE 2016-17 was held at National Science Center, New Delhi on 5th Feb 2017. Making everyone proud, Manthanite SONU from SVK Shakurpur bagged Speaker of the Year High School Champ winning Trophy (NGO Category) and Manthanite RAHIL from SVK Dwarka bagged Speaker of the Year Kids Champ winning trophy.
SOTY theme of year 2016-17 was “The Great Indian Heritage”. 80 Manthan students of different categories- KIDS Champ, JUNIOR Champ, HIGH School Champ and Senior Champ from 4 centers of Manthan- Sampoorna Vikas Kendra had participated this year along with 60 prestigious schools and various NGO’s of India. In semifinals, 16 students bagged prize trophies to present the best and distinctive ideas, whereas all participating students received participation certificates. Out of these 16 semifinalists, 11 Manthanites were further scrutinized for the Finale. In the Finale show, Panel discussions on the related topic were carried out among the participating students. All 250 finalists from various public-private schools were divided into the groups of 15 students each. Different groups were formed for the NGO students. The Anchor for the panel discussion Mr Prateek Kumar (SOTY representative) posed questions related to the importance of heritage, necessity to save monuments, language, dance, music, culture, food, clothes etc., to which the students put forth their ideas and opinions. Panel discussion was followed by JAM (Just a minute) session wherein the best speakers of Panel discussions were made to speak on the given on-spot topic for just a minute.
The judges at the event were Ms. Surbhi Sharma - Anchor, India TV, Ms Aashi- RJ, 98.3 FM, Radio Mirchi and RJ Sunny- 98.3, FM Radio Mirchi. The judgment criterion was creativity, content, vocabulary, voice modulation, body language and stage presence.
The Special Guests and Youth Icons at the event were Freestyle Wrestler, Ms Babita Kumari Phogat, Gold Medalist Commonwealth games 2014 and the third youngest Indian to climb Mount Everest, Mr Arjun Vajpai. Children were astounded to meet the youth icons and with great admiration they listened to the success stories of the Youth icons. Children also had quality time to ask questions to Ms Babita Phogat.
Also present at the event was SHIAMAK's Best Dance Instructor Mr. Atul Mehtani who energized the students with his dancing session. A skit depicting rich cultural heritage of India was presented by the students of JM International and a classical dance presentation was given by Indraprastha Global School students.
The SPEAKER OF THE YEAR 2016-17 award was won by the students of GD GoenKa Public School, Paschim Vihar, (NGO- Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan’s Manthan SVK, Indraprastha World School and Ryan International School, Rohini, of different champ categories. Winners were given the winner trophy; certificate and a TAB. 60 student were also given the consolation prizes.
To experience an overall new dimension, SOTY winners Sonu and Rahil from Manthan SVK will now be interacting with RJs at 104 FM on 11th Feb, 2017.