Two students, Aditya Vasudevan and Aniket Ghatnekar, from Class XI, accompanied by Mrs.Bharati Kudchadker, participated in the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2015 Grand Finale, held at the Civil Services Officers Institute, New Delhi. After topping the City Round of the contest in August, they were invited to participate in the National Finals held on the 12th and 13th of December 2015.
The competition was held in three phases, namely, the quarterfinals, the semifinals and the Finals. The quarterfinals, was a written test, in which, all the teams were given 1 hour to solve a crossword grid. Only the top 16 of the 32 participating teams, across the nation qualified. The 16 teams selected, were divided among four semi-finals, out of which, two took place on the 12th and two on the 13th. These rounds, were in an onstage format, in which the teams sat on stage and a crossword was projected on the screen. Each team was expected to answer one clue at a time, first all the ‘across’ clues, followed by the ‘down’ clues. Points were awarded for answering the clue and also for justifying your answer.
The VPMS team, secured second place in the first semifinal.
The top team from each semifinal, qualified for the finals and two of the runners up teams were also selected, VPMS was among the two and thus was adjudged to be among the best teams in the country.
The finals were witnessed by a panel of chief guests, which included eminent dignitaries like, Mr.Y.S.KSeshuKumar, Chairman, CBSE; Mr.Santosh Mall, Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Samiti, Mr. B.K. Singh, Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Mr. D.K. Saraf, CMD of ONGC, and Mr.V.K. Singh, Mentor of CCCC-2015. The finals took place in the same format as the semifinals with an added rapid fire round at the end.
Putting in their best efforts, the VPMS team, did their school and city proud, by securing fourth place, in the National Finals. Their names, were also mentioned in the CCCC-2015 booklet, as they were among the three teams, across the nation, to get all answers correct in the city round. They were awarded certificates. Overall it was a very rewarding and enriching experience for the participating students.
The students and teachers present were exhorted to promote the concept of solving cryptic crosswords as this not only enhances their vocabulary and language skills but also sharpens their cognitive thinking skills.