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‘Wizkids’ spotted

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BANGALORE: After gruelling rounds, Nishanth Kumar of Sishu Griha School and Sumaiyya Khan of St. Michael’s English School emerged winners of city finals of Horlicks Wizkids 2008 held at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan here on Saturday. The two will compete with winners from 18 other Indian cities and Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal to be part of the Horlicks Wiz Team 2008. They have a chance to represent India on a child rights project in the U.K.

Grit and determination

In the final round, Sumaiyya, who was the winner in the senior category, was asked how she would stop politicians from being corrupt if she becames an IAS officer. “I can’t do it alone. If people are united then we can stop politicians from being corrupt. It is a concerted effort,” she replied.

She told The Hindu that she was selected by her teachers to represent the school because she excelled in whatever she did. “I have the willpower to achieve once decide to do something,” Sumaiyya said. When asked on what one thing she would like to change in this world, she said: “Probably the thinking of the people. I will make them think positively,” she said.

Nishanth, winner in the junior category and a student of Class VII, was pleasantly surprised that his teachers chose him to represent the school. “I was surprised when I was selected by my teachers and even more when they announced the winner’s name. It is good to be part of such competition and I am very happy to have won it. Probably, my teachers chose me because of my positive attitude,” he said.

New initiative

Horlicks unveiled a new initiative to create awareness about child rights and build self-reliance among children entitled Badlo Apne Bachpan Ka Size (change to a better childhood).

All the finalists will work on a project on child rights. The child rights project winner stands a chance to win a wild card entry for national finals if the project gets selected at a national level.

Besides selecting the finalists for Horlicks Wizkids 2008 team, the event provided an opportunity for the students to participate, perform, witness, cheer and educate themselves. It provided a platform to showcase talent beyond academics and encouraged team spirit through more than 40 different competitions on diverse subjects such as music, literature, dance, singing, writing, speaking, creativity, talent, art and design.

The two-day inter-school fest witnessed participation of over 10,000 students from 125 schools across Bangalore.

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