Crossfire 2020, a fire-filled debate competition as part of the second phase of Litera 2020, an e-competition clasping an array of literary strings beautifully woven by the Department of English for the students of grades 11 and 12 was held on May 23, 2020. Crossfire 2020, the second phase of Litera 2020, unfurled with a warm welcome given by the Head Girl of the institution, Ms. Vaishnavi Rajesh Pai. The heartfelt welcome spread the red carpet for the Chief Guest Ms. Shima Mathew, the professor of English at T.M Jacob Memorial Government College, Koothattukulm, Kerala. The presence of Bhavan’s alumna Ms. Chrisa Merin Oommen, the Moderator of the Crossfire 2020, from Florida, the USA enthralled the judges, participants, and the audience with her impeccable control over the dispute on the topic “A weeklong lockdown every month must be made a post-COVID-19 norm for the protection of mankind and the world”. Mr. T. Premkumar, the Principal of Indian Education School, felicitated the participants and the mastermind behind the online venture with a pleasant note. He declared the official inauguration of the program on behalf of Mr. N.K Ramachandran Menon, Chairman, Bhavans, Middle East. Ms. Jaemi Byju, the Vice Principal, Middle Wing, in her felicitation address, stated that debating skills are essential to public life. The adjudicators of the Crossfire 2020, Mr. Santhosh Chungath, the Head of the Department of English, Bhavans Smart Indian School, Kuwait, and Mr. Sree Aswathaman, the Head of the Department of French, IES, proclaimed that the task of selecting the best among the best was a battle. In the end, the Chief Guest raised the curtain of the final results. Sharon Balaji Raveendran of class 12 A, was selected as the Second Runner-up in the competition. Arundhati Sharma of class12 D, was positioned as the First Runner-up and secured the appreciations from the judges. Aaron Yohann Thomas of class 12 D flew the golden flag of victory by being the Best Speaker of the event, Crossfire 2020. The Proposition Team, led by Liana Maria Joseph, bagged the most coveted position of ‘the Best Team’. Jerome John Thomas, the Head Boy of the institution, in his closing speech, congratulated the winners and greatly appreciated the remarkable collective efforts of the department of English in general and the event coordinator Mr. Prasad E.P, the Subject Coordinator, the Department of English in particular. Bhavans proved once again that they could color the dreams of the students with reality even when the world is confronted with pandemic pandemonium and absolute uncertainty.

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