Mayborn National History Writing Contest – Top Writer
Shreeya Umashankar, student of Class XII-V of DPS R.K. Puram, has been adjudged amongst the top writers worldwide in the Mayborn National History Writing Contest, a prestigious international competition on national history narratives, sponsored by George Bush Presidential Library & Museum and the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, USA. Her paper, a historical narrative, titled ‘Delhi, 1857: The Uprising’, was based on primary research done by her. The jury consisted of Ron Powers, the renowned Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winner.
She has been invited to attend the prestigious international Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference 2013 (July 19-21), an annual gathering of the biggest names in the world of literature and journalism, with all expenses paid.
She will be honored before the Conference Speakers, to whom she will also present her paper. The speakers include Rick Atkinson, three time Pulitzer Prize winner; Skip Hollandsworth, four time nominee and National Magazine Award winner; Joyce Carol Oates, three time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, winner of the National Humanities Medal and the National Book Award; Helen Benedict, Professor at Columbia University; Tom French, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter; Kevin Merida, Managing Editor of The Washington Post; James McGrath Morris, President of Biographers International Organisation; Susan Orlean, Oscar winner; and Jim Hornsfischer, leading World War II historian, amongst others.
Her paper will be published in the Dallas Morning News and on dallasnews.com
AIIMS MEDICAL ENTRANCE EXAM 2013
Class XI Student cycle down US west coast
Keshav Wasal student of class XI of DPS R. K. Puram is a biking enthusiast and has participated in a number of cycling tours. Recently he has covered 1100KM from Seattle to San francisco in 18 days.
His adventurous experience and participation is appreciated by TOI in Times City in their Delhi Edition of 25th June 2013.
NEET TOPPERS 2013 FROM DPSRKP
Umang Arora Delhi Rank 1 AI Rank 3
Aditya Singh Delhi Rank 2 AI Rank 9
Umang Arora of D.P.S R.K.Puram gets Rank 1 in Delhi and Rank 3 at All India Level in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2013 conducted by CBSE. Moreover, Aditya Singh is positioned next at Rank 2 in Delhi and Rank 9 in All India Level in the same.
Laurels for the English Department
Ishita Batra, a student of class XII D of DPS R.K.Puram, New Delhi brings laurels to the school by securing International rank-1 in iOEL (International Olympiad of English Language) 2013 organized by Silver Zone. She is honored with a Gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh.
Ishita has also bagged State rank-1 in IEO (International English Olympiad) 2013 organized by SOF and The British Council. She will be awarded a cash prize of Rs.5000/- and a Gold medal for the same.
Gyan Lakhwani of class XI-P of DPS R.K.Puram has been awarded an Annual Scholarship of Excellence in English for his superior performance in the school and his participation in the International English Olympiad organised by SOF in association with the British Council. He has been awarded Rs 5000/- for the same.
International rank 1 in IOEL
Ishita Batra, a student of class XII D, DPS R. K. Puram has brought laurels to the school by securing International rank 1 in iOEL ( International Olympiad of English Language ) 2013 organized by Silver zone. She has been honored with a Gold medal and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
Ishita has also bagged State rank 1 in IEO (International English Olympiad ) 2013 organized by SOF(Science Olympiad Foundation) and British Council. She will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5000 and a Gold medal.
International French Language Olympiad 2013
Ms Vaishali Kumar of Class 10 J has secured the First Position (State Rank: 1 and International Rank: 1) in the International French Language Olympiad 2013 organised by Silverzone in association with the French Language Teachers ‘ Association. The Olympiad was held on 11th December 2012.
Vaishali was awarded a certificate, a gold medal, a citation and a cheque of Rs 10,000/-.Vaishali Kumar has been an outstanding student of our school and she has also participated in the school French Exchange Programme held last year.
Our school has also secured the 2nd Overall Position in the Olympiad.
18 DPS RKP Students in Merit List of JSTSE 2013
18 students of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram got selected in the merit list of Junior Science Talent Search Examination (JSTSE) 2013. JSTSE was conducted by Science Branch of Directorate of Education on 27th January, 2013.
Raghav Khullar International Rank No.1 in NSO
Raghav Khullar of class 10 has secured the first rank in the Second Level of the National Science Olympiad, the result of which was declared on 26th March, 2013. Millions of students from approximately 25000 schools and more than a 1000 cities and 14 Asian countries appeared in the Olympiad.
SOF is a registered not-for-profit organization popularising Science, Maths, English and Computers among school children. This year, 860 students of our school participated in the 1st Level Exam on 29th November 2012 out of which 109 students qualified for the second Level. The 2nd level of NSO was conducted on 17th February2013. 20 other students of our school have secured state level ranks in the 2nd level of the NSO. Out of 109 students who appeared in the second level, 21 students have secured first 25 ranks of the state level.
Raghav Khullar International Rank No.1 in 2nd Level of NSO
Full Scores in International Examinations
Shreya Vardhan has secured full scores in all the exams for international admission she has appeared in. These include SAT Reasoning test (2400/2400) held on 28th January 2012, Subject SATs – Chemistry (800/800), Physics (800/800), Mathematics level -2 (800/800) held on 5th May 2012, APs – Chemistry (5/5) held on 07th May 2012, Calculus AB (5/5) held on 09th May 2012, Physics C (Mechanics) (5/5) held on 14th May 2012 and TOEFL (120/120) held on 09th June 2012.
She secured a CGPA of 10 in class X and 94% in class XI. She is an NTSE scholar and was ranked 10th in the International Olympiad of English Language in class X. She also secured an International rank of 5 in the International Olympiad of Science in class IX.
She is an avid writer and her articles have been published in a number of national newspapers. These include an article on “Understanding Autism”, published in the Hindu in June this year, and a write-up on how “Accidents are inevitable but essential”, in The New Indian Express. She has written book reviews for “The Pioneer” on ‘Tell Me a Story’ and ‘Intermission’. Her short stories have been published in the online literary magazine Teen Ink (A Wraith When Ruffled, Moonlight, Grievances – awarded with an editor’s choice award). A story on child labour called “A Lost and Found Dream”, was also published in the Deccan Herald on 3rd May, this year.
She has also been doing volunteer work at the Umeed Foundation, a school for autistic and differently abled children, and has designed a software called “Let’s Go Around Town”, to help them meet their learning requirements.
She has been a keen participant in various quiz competitions and was the finalist in the Inter-DPS Quiz Competition in class X, having cleared the zonal round as the winner of the West Zone (DPS Jodhpur). She is a scholar badge holder.
She loves to read, and some of her favorite writers are P.G. Wodehouse, Jeffrey Archer, Jonathan Stroud and Jawaharlal Nehru. She has great interest in the theatre, and has written and acted in several skits at the Poona Arts Theatre and at her schools. She plays tennis and enjoys swimming.
Shreya comes from a family of professionals. Her father, Col. (Dr.) Shakti Vardhan, MBBS, MD & DNB (Obs & Gyn) a graduate & postgraduate from AFMC, Pune is presently working as a Senior Advisor (Obs & Gyn) at the Army Hospital (Research & Referral) Delhi Cantt.
Her Mother Mrs. Reena Vardhan, BA, MA (English), MSc. (Computer Science), B. Ed. Is a teacher and a software professional. She is actively involved in online teaching of software courses, and has helped many a students help them achieve their goals.
Shreya Vardhan with her Mother Mrs. Reena Vardhan, her father Col. (Dr.) Shakti Vardhan and Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini
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The Hindu News Coverage – Capital’s memory wizard
NEW DELHI,January 7, 2013
Capital’s memory wizard
World Memory Champion Saswat Satapathy during an interview in New Delhi on Sunday.— Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
The Taj Mahal is on a table in which people are dining, the pillar next to the table is made out of books and in the buffet they are serving human eyes…..
What sounds like gibberish to us is merely a strange “journey” that 15-year-old Saswat Satapathy is on as he remembers the string of numbers before him. After all, it has not even been a month since he returned from remembering 1,080 digits in one hour at the World Memory Championships (WMC) in London. Thus, this journalists’ string of 18 words was just “too easy”.
“Basically, I convert numbers into pictures and then I use persons or actions to link them together,” he says, explaining the method to this madness.
“It’s difficult to explain, but I imagine that I am on a journey,” he immediately adds. Saswat’s journey, which led him to becoming the ‘National Memory Champion’ in Hyderabad last October and hold the second place at the World Junior Memory Championship, began in 2009 when he could only remember those words and objects that he could see, feel or touch.
“Earlier he could remember only things such as aeroplanes, cars, buses, tubelights… things he could see around him,” says his father Debasis Satapathy. “But now he can even recall made up words such asAtosanyaorOmantapiya.”
At the WMC, held from December 14 to 16 in London, Saswat had to recall a lot more than just numbers — random names, abstract images and historic dates. “I also participated in the ‘spoken numbers event’, which is very difficult but also my favourite,” he says. Here the computer calls out one digit per second, which the participants have to recall within a time limit.
Yet this Class X student of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram is among a handful of “mental athletes” from North India. “In India, there aren’t many competitions to test this skill. Altogether there may be 30 ‘serious’ athletes. In the North, there may be five [such] athletes. It’s largely monopolised by South Indians, particularly people from Andhra Pradesh,” says Saswat.
But through his skill set, awareness around this “mental sport” is increasing in North India, what with many of Saswat’s classmates starting to get interested in the sport and his school funding his trip to London.
“After I participated in many competitions, my friends have started to understand what all this is about. But when I try teaching some of my friends, they back off after the first session because it is too tiresome and frustrating,” he laughs.
But more often then not, he has left his classmates wide-eyed and astonished at his amazing grasping power. “Once we had to recite a poem in class when I was in standard VI or VII, but I had been away from school for many days. I asked my friend for the poem and memorised it within 15 minutes. Then my teacher challenged me to recite it backwards, which I did, and everyone was astonished,” he laughs. Being a memory wizard does help Saswat at school to remember dates in History and terms in Biology — especially since he wants to be a doctor when he grows up.
Vocab Rhymes’ – The journey of words
Sanchit Saluja, a student of class XII of DPS R.K.Puram, has released a book ‘Vocab Rhymes’ – the journey of words’. Poetry is a passion for Sanchit. Since his childhood he has had the knack of writing small rhyming couplets on any topic which interested him. Memorizing difficult words and their meanings can be an uphill task. While he was preparing for his SAT examination for overseas admission, he started writing poems on difficult vocabulary words. ‘Vocab Rhymes’ – the journey of words is a unique effort in which he expresses some of the complex English words and transforms them into simple rhyming couplets. These poems depict his ability to make learning easy. It will surely help his peers to get the grasp of these words.
Sanchit is pursuing science and is an avid reader. He is one of the most astute and brilliant students of the school. He has a very strong hold over academics, and has performed consistently well throughout the years. He was awarded the Gold medal, for academic excellence for seven consecutive years. He was appointed the Vice President of the Students’Council. Sanchit has been actively involved in community service programs outside school. He volunteered to be a scribe both in class 9th and 11th. He is truly passionate about teaching. He loves explaining and elucidating to his friends and juniors, the various concepts he has learnt and understood in class. He has created his own educational website (based on physics, chemistry and mathematics) in which he has uploaded various videos and notes regarding his curriculum.
The Boy Who Remembers Everything
Saswat Satapathy of Class X–L has won the World Memory Championship in London held in December 2012. 72 students from 25 countries participated in around ten events. Saswat won 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal. He has broken his own record in the spoken number category.
Saswat had earlier won the national memory championship held at Hyderabad on 28th October 2012.
(Left to Right) Dr. Sushma Suneja (HOD Maths)
Mr. Debasis Satapathy (Father of Saswat Satapathy)
Dr. D.R. Saini (Principal) Ms. Vanita Sehgal (Headmistress)
Words, Ideas and Sentiments
Delhi Public School R.K. Puram and its Principal Dr. D.R. Saini heartily congratulate Ms. Akshita Singh of XII R (2012-13) at launch of her book on poems “Words, Ideas and Sentiments”.
Dr. D. R. Saini with Akshita Singh and her father at launch of her book on poems “Words, Ideas and Sentiments”.
Times Scholars 2012
Times Scholars, an initiative of The Times of India, is a scholarship programme to which about 45,000 students of class 12 from all over India applied in September 2012. 20 candidates were declared Times Scholars after a five-stage selection process, including two students of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Shreya Vardhan and Barun Patra. The Top 20 candidates will receive a scholarship of Rs. 5 lakh. Another student from DPS RKPuram, Ishita Mishra was also among the top 40 candidates, who reached the final round and will receive a scholarship of Rs. 5 thousand. The preliminary screening round was followed by an aptitude test held on 23rd September, 2012. Students were selected on the basis of this test for the regional interview round, after which 100 candidates from across the country were selected for the national interview round held at the Times Centre, Noida on 2nd November, 2012. 40 students were finally shortlisted for the final round on 3rd November, out of whom 20 were selected as Times Scholars.
Shreya has been an outstanding student. She had a CGPA 10 in classes 9 and 10, 94.2% in class 11 and 95% in the class 12 mid-term examination. Currently the Head Girl of the school, she is the Founder Member of the Physics Society and Editor of the Physics Magazine. Barun Patra has won numerous accolades for programming events in different interschool computer symposia, namely MINET at Mother’s International, MODEM at Modern School Vasant Vihar and CORE at DPS Dwarka .He is the Head of Programming, EXUN clan and has received the Ishwar Chandra award twice for being the section topper in class XI and XII; and the Prantik Roy Memorial award in class 10. Barun has been a scholar badge holder throughout, having received the NTSE scholarship in class IX, the blue tie, Gold Medal, and the Red blazer for I.T (programming).
First position in the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities at South Korea
Kartik Sawhney, a sudent of class XII I of our school was selected to represent India at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities. The event was organised by the Korean Society for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, in collaboration with the Govt. of South Korea. It was held at Incheon, South Korea from the 30th October to 2nd November, 2012. It was an official associate event of the Incheon International Conferences on Disability including the UNESCAP High Level Meting on Disability.
The competition consisted of three events: E-Tool (Excel challenge), E-sports and E-life (web browsing challenge). Kartik secured the First Position in the E-Tools event, winning a laptop and other awards. In fact, Kartik was appreciated personally by the chief judge for his stupendous performance. One of his poems was also selected as the `best poem`. He recounts his experiences in Korea as enriching and rewarding. The competitive environment was itself intellectually stimulating.
Kartik has been a high achiever. Recipient of the National Talent Search Scholarship, Junior Science Talent Search Scholarship and the prestigious National Child Award for Exceptional Achievements, he has achieved distinguished ranks in various National and International olympiads including the 1st All India Rank in the National Cyber Olympiad, 4th International Rank in International Informatics Olympiad, 10th All India Rank in the National Science Olympiad, among others. He has been a `Class Topper` for five consecutive years. He is the first visually challenged student in the CBSE Board to take up Science at the Sr. Secondary Level. Besides, he has also won the `Gold Medal` in English Word Processing (15+ years) at the age of 16 in 3rd National Abilympics 2010 held at Jabalpur, India and was selected to represent India at the 8th International Abilympics at Seoul, South Korea
He is also a talented singer, and has several National and International performances and awards to his credit. He has performed for the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, President of Austria, Princess of Thailand, Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Delhi, among others. He has also qualified for the Final Level of the prestigious National Bal shree Award (Presidents Award) (top 40 students). Kartik is also an avid debater, and has won the `Best Delegate` award at all the five Model United Nations conferences that he has participated in.
Kartik has also been working for the empowerment of the underprivileged. He has served as the Child Right’s Ambassador of the Children’s Advisory Board of Plan India, an organization working for the protection of the rights of the underprivileged children. In this capacity, he has lead several National and International advocacy programs. He has also been the `Resource Person` for the Computer Literacy Program of the National association for the Blind. He is also an active member of the Young Voices Group of Leonard Cheshire Disabilities, raising his voice against the injustice meted out to disabled.
Kartik has also authored several research papers. One of his paper titled `Accessibility is a Right` has been selected to be published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in its flagship publication `State of the World’s Children Report` 2013. Kartik is also developing a program which returns textual descriptions of the figures found in the textbooks published by the NCERT. It is in recognition of these achievements that he has also been selected as the `Head Boy` for the academic session 2012-2013.
INTERFACE 2012 – Overall Winners
Interface 2012 was held on 25-26th October 2012 at St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Raj Niwas Marg. Exun Clan were adjudged Overall Winners. The individual results are as follows:
Advertisement – Winners[Theater Club]
Quiz – Runners Up
Crossword – Runners Up
Photography – Runners Up
Congratulations to all the Winners!
Matrix Ecomm 2012-Overall Runners Up
Matrix Ecomm 2012 was held on 18-19th October 2012 at Mount St Mary’s School, Delhi Cantt. Exun Clan were adjudged Overall Runners Up. The individual results are as follows:
Surprise Event – Winners
Programming – Runners Up
Creative Event – Runners Up
Brand Advertising – Winners [Theatre Club]
Congratulations to all the winners!
MODEM 2012 – Overall Winners
MODEM 2012 was held at Modern School Vasant Vihar on 19th October. The ExunClan bagged the Overall Winners Trophy. Individual results are as follows:
Congratulations to everybody!
nCrypt 2012 was held on 17th October 2012 at DPS Sushant Lok, Gurgaon. The individual results are as follows: