Bangalore, Friday, August 22, 2014: The State-wide final Face-Off round of the 10th edition of Verbattle Senior, Junior, and Beginner debate competitions culminated today marking the victory of the best teams from each category. Verbattle Senior and Verbattle Junior Face-Off rounds were held today in the Kuvempu Kalakshetra, VV Puram, Bangalore, brimming with an enthusiastic audience of school and college students, along with parents and teachers. After the Verbattle Junior Confrontation round, the 9 semi-finalists were filtered, thus sending three teams forward to the final Face-Off rounds, after three sets of tough debating. The three finalists were Delhi Public School (North) of Bangalore, Little Rock Indian School of Udupi, and The Yenepoya School, Managlore. Delhi Public School (North) of Bangalore was declared as victors, after a taxing contest. Prior to that, the Verbattle Senior Face-off took place in which the three finalists were Vidyashilp Academy of Bangalore, Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management of Mangalore, and Mount Carmel College of Bangalore. After a heated and fast-paced session of debate, the competition saw Vidyashilp Academy of Bangalore emerging first.
The Verbattle Junior Face-off, for school students in the 12-16 years age group, adjudged the team of Naomi Almeida and Aditi Ramakrishnan, Delhi Public School (North) of Bangalore, as champions. They were given a tough opposition by Little Rock Indian School of Udupi and The Yenepoya School of Mangalore, who were pronounced the runners-up. The debates were refereed by the founder of Verbattle, Deepak Thimaya. The atmosphere in Kuvempu Kalakshetra was a nail-biting one, thanks to the articulate participants, cheering students, teachers and parents.
The Face-Off round for the Verbattle Senior category in the 16-24 years age group was also held today, August 22nd, at the same venue. There was a raging competition amidst the three finalists. The team comprising of Avanthika Anand and Aarushi Mohan of Vidyashilp Academy beat the teams of Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management, Mangalore, and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, thus clinching the top spot.
The statements for Face-off in the Junior category included, “Girls are an asset and not a liability”; “Life is worth living”; and “What boys are today, will decide what they will be as men”. Likewise, for the Seniors Face-off, statements were, “Prohibition of alcohol is a bad move by the State Governments in India”; “Girls are not to be blamed for rape”; and “Feminism is still relevant”. The participants themselves came up with one topic each, and had to prepare all three topics on the spot, thus making the contest even more challenging.
The prizes and trophies were presented to the champions by Sri B.N.S Reddy, IPS, the Director (Security & Vigilance) of KSRTC, and Dr. M. Gautham Machaiah, Journalist and Corporate Professional. Deepak Thimaya, initiator of Verbattle Foundation, was also present. Victorious teams were rewarded with a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh in the Verbattle Junior Category and the runners-up teams won Rs. 10,000/- each. The Senior Category champions were awarded with Rs. 50,000 and the runners-up teams received Rs. 5,000/- each. The winning team of The Yenepoya School of Mangalore, from the Beginner level Face-off, which was conducted a few weeks earlier, received Rs. 30,000/- and the two runners-up teams received Rs. 5,000/- each.
Unlike the Seniors, the Verbattle Juniors category also had a mentor round which required the mentor of a team to target a question pertaining to the statement to the other teams. The Face-off debates were evaluated by distinguished personalities such as B.N.S Reddy, IPS Officer and Director of Security and Vigilance for KSRTC, Corporate Professional and media personality Dr. M. Gautham Machaiah, and Vinayaka Ramakrishna, CEO of the TV House Network, Bangalore.
The elated winners of the Verbattle Junior Face-Off, Aditi Ramakrishnan and Naomi Almeida of DPS (North) Bangalore, shared their views after receiving their prizes. “I am too ecstatic right now to say anything. Verbattle is a wonderful forum for students to learn and compete at the same time”, said a beaming Naomi. “Verbattle is a platform where we get to see even the quieter people express themselves”, added Aditi. They also admitted that they were terrified of the competition from the other teams, especially The Yenepoya School. A euphoric Vidyashilp Academy team of Bangalore were pleasantly surprised that they won, as they were the youngest amongst the Senior Face-off competitors. Aarushi Mohan said that the competition was stiff for them from the other two teams. Avanthika Anand said, “We are here for the first time in the Senior Category and it feels great to have won. I saw a very high quality of debate by everyone in the entire contest”.
Here is a list f the winners and finalists in the Face-Off of Verbattle 2014, held on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Kuvempu Kalakshetra, VV Puram, Bangalore.