Hindu FIC and Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel (AMNS) jointly hosted an online speech contest and poster design contest for schoolchildren in Visakhapatnam on the occasion of International Ozone Day, here Thursday.
Over 96 students from 40 schools participated in the poster design contest while 86 students participated in the speech contest.
In the senior category for speech, top honors were won by Tanushree from Little Angels School, MVP Colony, Ch. Aditya Srinivas from Siva Sivani, Marripalem and Sai Praneeth from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. In the poster design category, the first three prizes were won by P. Gowri Sudhakar from De Paul School, Ukkunagaram, Nandita Pradhan from Siva Sivani, Marripalem and P. Hasini from Kendriya Vidyalaya, NAD.
In the junior speech category, the first three prizes were won by Avanish Yashuday from De Paul, Kankshitha and Manaswi, both from Sri Satya Sai School, MVP Colony.
In the poster design competition, the first prizes were won by Anchal Patra from Little Angels, G. Sradha Lakshmi from Sri Satya Sai School and Ch. Bhavagnya from Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Seethammadhara.
Mr. Ravindranath, Executive Director of AMNS, spoke about the importance of the ozone layer and how its depletion can affect civilization, flora and fauna on earth. He urged young minds to help improve the environment by planting trees, which would help improve the health of the ozone layer.
AMNS Director of Human Resources and Administration DS Varma said the company has always strived to improve the environment and reduce pollution by planting trees. âOur factory is installed on 110 acres of land including 47 acres for green cover,â he said.
The topic of the speech contest was: “Ozone for Life: 36 Years of Protecting the Ozone Layer.” The theme of the poster design competition was âEarth 2040â.
Prizes and certificates were presented by Mr. Ravindranath and Mr. Varma. Later, an exhibition of the award-winning posters was presented at the Visakha Public Library, where the program took place.