Winners: RobinAge Bright Sparks Awards 2020-21

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While 2020 could have easily been written off as a wasted year, many of us made the most of being "stuck at home”. 2020 gave children the opportunity to build a better rapport with their parents and siblings. It taught them to make do with what they had instead of constantly needing or demanding new things, and some even used the time at home to learn a new skill.

There is no doubt that being homebound and away from school for the better part of the year affected children, and this was evident in the entries we received for RBSA 2020-21. As we went through thousands of artworks, poems and stories, we saw that many focussed on nature, the environment, the COVID situation and children’s relationship with their grandparents, parents and siblings.

The entries also reflected that over the last year, books have become children’s new best friends and kids’ writing skills and language show clear influences from their favourite authors. As writing classes were out of the schedule, the writing that was sent in was genuine, topics were approached with a refreshing difference and there was more originality rather than clones of similar-sounding stories and rhyming poems. It was particularly encouraging to see the works sent in by children in Group C and D—the poetry, writing and artworks had such depth!

This year, we were also very excited to see such a large number of participants from across not just India, but the globe, despite the challenges thrown up by the pandemic. For this, as a special prize, we are gifting all our participants a free 2-month digital subscription to RobinAge! The details of this will be sent via e-mail. But RBSA is a competition and winners have to be chosen. We introduce you to the winning entries of RobinAge Bright Sparks Awards 2020-21.

POETRY: JUDGED BY SANTHINI GOVINDAN

Group A: Class 1 & 2
1st Prize: New Normal by Aarunika Dass, Class 1, Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata
2nd Prize: School After Lockdown by  Bhumi Sharma, Class 2, BVB Vidyashram, Jaipur
3rd Prize:
My Grandparents by Ishaanvi Udeck, Class 2, Army Public School, Bhatinda Cantonment, Punjab

Group B: Class 3 to 5
1st Prize: 
 My New School in 2020 by Maheka Kedia, Class 4, Utpal Shanghvi Global School, Mumbai
2nd Prize: 
What Seedlings Really Need by Apoorva, Class 5, Delhi Public School, Nacharam, Hyderabad
3rd Prize: 
 Lockdown Learnings by Myra Basu, Class 3, Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata

Group C: Class 6 to 8
1st Prize: 
Let Me Play Today by Merzina Irani, Class 6, The JB Vachha High School, Dadar, Mumbai
2nd Prize: 
Beauty Is Diversity by Veruschka Pandey, Class 6, The International School Bangalore, Bengaluru
3rd Prize: 
Time to Awaken by Anvi Khattar, Class 6, Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, Mumbai

Group D: Class 9 and 10
1st Prize: To My Father by Laiba Majeed, Class 10, Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi
2nd Prize: 
Illusions by Rashi Rajeev, Class 9, Notre Dame Academy, Patna
3rd Prize: 
Humans Are Everywhere by Yashi Goswami, Class 10, Delhi Public School, Meerut Road, Ghaziabad

ARTWORK: JUDGED BY ARZAN KHAMBATTA

Group A: Class 1 & 2
1st Prize: Pre and Post Corona: About Environment by Kahanshwa, Class 1, SBOA School & Junior College, Anna Nagar, Chennai
2nd Prize:
 Biodiversity by Divyadharshini, Class 2, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Chennai
3rd Prize:
Online Studies by Divvyanshi Gupta, Class 1, Delhi Public School, Miyapur, Hyderabad

Group B: Class 3 to 5
1st Prize: 
COVID-19-Awareness and Stay Home Stay Safe by Thiyakshwa, Class 4, SBOA School & Junior College, Chennai
2nd Prize: 
Doodle Work by Vaibhav Sriram, Class 4, DAV Public School, Sreshtha Vihar, Delhi
3rd Prize: 
Mother Yashoda and Little Krishna by Samana K, Class 4, Jnanodaya School, Bengaluru

Group C: Class 6 to 8
1st Prize: 
Takeoff by Rahul Ramesh, Class 6, Bombay Scottish School, Powai, Mumbai
2nd Prize: 
Meow by Shrestha Sharma, Class 6, The Orbis School, Keshav Nagar, Pune
3rd Prize: 
Precaution Is Better than Cure by Pranshu Parsana, Class 6, TGES Wadi, Rajkot

Group D: Class 9 and 10
1st Prize: 
The Stare by Dev Mehta, Class 9, Bombay International School, Mumbai
2nd Prize: 
Flowing Red Dancer by Shradhul Sudhir Rao, Class 9, St Xavier's Boys Academy, Churchgate, Mumbai
3rd Prize:
Beauty by Harsh Dutta, Class 9, South Point Public School, Bundu, Ranchi

FICTION STORY: JUDGED BY CHERRY DIVECHA-SHETHIA

Group A: Class 1 & 2
1st Prize: 
Strength by Uthara Menon, Class 2, St Helena’s School, Pune
2nd Prize: Misha’s Special Birthday by Aarna Gorani, Class 1, Chatrabhuj Narsee School, Mumbai
3rd Prize: Eddie and the Dinosaur by Aadikrishnan V Bharat, Class 1, Bhavan’s Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, Kochi

Group B: Class 3 to 5
1st Prize: 
Odd One In by Vizzmaya Jalal, Class 4, St Francis ICSE School, Mumbai
2nd Prize:
Blown Away by Athiya Fathima, Class 5, Al Qamar Academy, Chennai
3rd Prize: Peter and the Enchanted Chamber by Kavyaan Bindlish, Class 4, Modern Vidya Niketan, Faridabad

Group C: Class 6 to 8
1st Prize: We Are Living on This Planet, as if There Is Another One to Go to by Tarini Arora, Class 7, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
2nd Prize: Spinning Ahimsa by Laksha Khanna, Class 8, Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata
3rd Prize: Daughters: Curse or Blessing by Niyati, Class 7, Dyal Singh Public School, Karnal, Haryana

Group D: Class 9 and 10
1st Prize: 
The End by Riya Gupta, Class 10, Hans Raj Model School, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi
2nd Prize: 
The Paper-boy’s Sin by Simer Sachdeva, Class 9, The Ardee School, Gurugram
3rd Prize: 
A Side-dish Treat by Sarah Lohamor, Class 9, The Ardee School, Gurugram

WINNING SCHOOLS
1st Prize: 
Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata
2nd Prize: Al Qamar Academy, Chennai
3rd Prize: Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai

Congratulations to all the participants and winners for a job well done!