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LUMS Olympiad 2008: Dawn Spelling Bee contest

LUMS Olympiad 2008 kicks off
Lahore, March 05, 2008: The five-day LUMS Olympiad 2008 began at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Tuesday at its Sports Complex.

According to a press release issued by LUMS on Tuesday, up to 1,100 participants from educational institutes from across the country will compete in the Olympiad. The event will have more that 15 competitions in art, music, drama and other activities.

The extravaganza started with the registration of teams in the morning. Students waved their shiny yellow tags as soon as they got them. The opening ceremony of the Olympiad began at 2pm at the Sports Complex with the speeches of LUMS Media Art Society patron Dr Ali Khan and LUMS Declamation and Recitation Society patron Dr Farrukh Khan. Kanwal Sarfraz and Shahshams Zaheer, the conveners of the Olympiad, also addressed the participants and welcomed them.

The LUMS students gave presentations on the four-day activities, including speed filming, photo essay, moot court and chess competition, to clarify any queries of the participants. A preliminary music competition, maths and logic quizzes were also held on the opening day. Participants were given a chance to socialise in the Intel Spring Carnival after the information sessions and competitions. Various stalls were set up for the entertainment and recreation of the students, where they sipped coffee and ate free cotton candy late at night. Daily Times

Dawn Spelling Bee championship concludes; winners announced
Karachi: With the participation of over 550 schools from across the country, the national championship of the Fourth Dawn in Education Spelling Bee concluded on Tuesday with teams from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad taking part.

Students of the Aitchison College were adjudged winners of two categories while the third category was won by a student of the E.M.S. High School Senior Branch.

The Saturday Magazine competition was held for the 9 to 11 years age group. The competition consisted of two rounds. The first round was the Young World round and the second the Sci Tech World round. At the end of the two rounds, the participants competed in the "Win the Bee Round" for top three spellers.

Saif Humayun Maqbool of Aitchison College, Lahore emerged as the champion with Laiba Ejaz of Roots School System, Rawalpindi, the first runner-up and Arsalan Afzal of Bay View High School, Middle School Branch, Karachi, the second runner-up.In the 12 to 14 years age group, three rounds were held the Young World, the Sci Tech World and the Dawn Sports and Athletic.

M. Zohair of Aitchison College (Main), Lahore, bagged the top position, with Samra Jameel of The City School, North Nazimabad Girls Branch, Karachi, the first runner-up and Amna Ahmad of Generation School, North Nazimabad Branch, Karachi the second runner-up.

In the 15 to 17 years age group, three basic rounds were played Dawn Current Affairs, Dawn Arts and Culture and Dawn Economic and Social issues.

The winners were: Fariya Kaleem of E.M.S. High School Senior Branch, Islamabad, champion; Zainab Khowaja of E.M.S High School Senior Branch, Islamabad the first runner-up and Rameel Sethi of Roots School System, Rawalpindi, the second runner-up.

At the end of the competition, Ehsan Malik, chairman of Unilever, gave away prizes to the winners and all the participants.

At the finals the pronouncer was Mrs Sue Gilbert and judges were Mrs Ameena Sayyid from Oxford University Press, Mrs Zenobia Master and Ms Rabeea Salman. Dawn

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