FIRST POSITION IN ECONCLAVE 2019
The day we were waiting for had arrived. We started around 7:50 a.m.on the 2nd of July after being blessed by our Principal ma’am. We were a team of four students, Taniya Sarkar, Soham Roy Chowdhury, Ankit Das and myself Abhiroop Kumar Banerjee, accompanied by our Economics teacher Madam Meghna Sen Saha. Enroute to DPS Megacity where the programme was to be held, we were having butterflies inside the stomach due to anxiety and nervousness.
We reached around 8:30 a.m. and entered the school auditorium where the event was to be held. We were welcomed with the warm smiles of the teachers and students there.
We registered at the registration desk. There was a lottery draw to choose who would speak first, second etc. We got the third chance to speak on the topic, “Is India ready for a cashless economy?” When our turn came we headed to the stage area. Our technical team, consisting of Taniya Sarkar and Ankit Das, headed towards the computer to present the slides. Our speakers were Soham and myself. We had fifteen minutes for the presentation and we completed by 14 minutes. After this, we had the Question- answer session with the panel of judges, Dr. Saswati Mukherjee and Dr. Maitreyee Ghosh both associate professors of Presidency College and Bethune College respectively.
There were twelve participating schools, including our school. The schools were DPS Ruby Park, BSS Shiksha Niketan, La Matinere for Girls, Don Bosco Park Circus, Mangalam Vidya Niketan, DPS Newtown, Lakshmipat Singhania, Mahadevi Birla Sishu Bihar, National English School, Don Bosco Liluah and the host school DPS Megacity.
The judges and the audience were very convinced with our presentation and we received the loudest ovation of the day. The event ended with prize giving session. We were handed over the First prize. The brilliance and grandeur of the golden cup lifted our hearts. This was their fourth year of organizing the Econclave whereas it was our first year of participation. Thus, a reason to celebrate!
ABHIROOP KUMAR BANERJEE
CLASS XI HUMANITIES