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Kohima: World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on June 5 under various themes to create awareness on environment protection. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the closure of educational institutions in Nagaland, the Kohima Forest Division organised an online competition providing an opportunity for students to explore their creativity even when being confined at home.

Under the theme “Biodiversity”, the Kohima Forest Division, under the initiative of Divisional Forest Officer, Rajkumar M IFS, an online competition for painting, short stories, poems and posters was conducted for school children and painting. The essay competition was opened to all.

“Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the online competition has reached out to over 5000 students, parents and teachers across the State with over 1000 entries. The entries also witnessed participation from other States. Perhaps, this is for the first time that the WED is being celebrated with an innovative approach,” an update from the Kohima Forest Division said.

Rita Krocha, prominent author, publisher and journalist, a jury member for poems in the competition expressed how the World Environment Day online competition conducted by the Kohima Forest Division “has unleashed the creative potentials of many students across the state”.

“The department has wonderfully managed to pull off this brilliant initiative in this time of world crisis by engaging students in this manner when schools are all shut, and they are trying to learn in the confines of their homes. I am sure even under the given circumstance, this initiative has enabled them to see beyond, to think and reflect deeper on issues affecting our lives such as the environment which needs much action and attention. Perhaps it has also helped some of them discover their hidden talents in the art of writing,” Krocha expressed.

Overwhelmed with the response of 436 entries in the poetry category, she said “The quality of the entries was so impressive that it was a difficult task for me to pick the best three from among them. I noticed that students from all over the state participated and looking at the contents and the creativity of these students, despite not all of them being listed as winners for the simple fact that it’s a competition, it gives me so much hope for the future of Literature in the state”.

“It is also my belief that it has generated the much needed awareness among the young generation of students to become conservers of the environment not only in words and art but in action as well,” she added.

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Results for Painting competition:

In the painting competition (for Classes II-IV) Imlimenla, a Class III student from Government Middle School, Chungliyimsen Mokokchung, won the first prize followed by Sastika Paul, class IV of Lewis Academy, Dimapur and Moasen, Class III of Eden Academy Mokokchung respectively.

Result for short story category:

In the short story category, Sentimenla, a Class VII student of Government High School, Khar, Mokokchung won the first prize, while second prize went to Imlijungla S. Aier, Class VII from Livingstone Foundation International, Dimapur and Keleno Thorie a class VII student of Trinity School, Kohima bagged the third position.

Result for Poem category:

In the poems category, Toli Shohe , Class X of Mt. Sinai School, Kohima won the first prize, while the second and third prize went to Kikainla, Class VIII of Yajen Aier Government High School, Mopungchuket and Sochumlo Suki Ezung Class VIII of G.Rio School, Kohima respectively.

Result for Poster category:

Beteu Letro Class XII of Mezhur Higher Secondary, Kohima won the first prize in the poster category, while Vimenu Viswentso, Class XII of Holy Child Higher Secondary School bagged the second prize and Shingmei T Phom, Class XII from Government Higher Secondary School, Longleng won the third prize.

Result for open category:

In the open category, for painting competition, Kelevino Mekro from Kohima won the first prize, while Kivihito Kinimi from Kohima and Supolepden Kichu from Kohima received the second and third prizes respectively.

Result for Article category:

In the article category, Dr. Vituotsolie Kiso from Kohima won the first prize for his article titled ‘The Myth of Giant Sequoia Tree”; Naresh Sharma from Arunachal Pradesh won the second prize for his article titled “The Ghost Orchid” while Eyingbemo Odyuo from Wokha, with his article on “The Perils of human activity on biodiversity” bagged him the third prize.

Juries for the competitions:

The Kohima Forest Division informed that all entries for different categories were judged by juries from the Division as well as by Rita Krocha, an eminent journalist and a writer. All the winners were awarded with cash and citations, it said.

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