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Eight students of a corporation schools in Chennai have won the ‘Wings to Fly’ elocution contest and a visit to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), US.

Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) in association with Greater Chennai Corporation organised the third edition of ‘Wings to Fly’. RCME will sponsor the two-week trip of the students.

RCME president Purushotham said, “The ‘Wings To Fly’ project was initiated three years ago with the aim of providing international exposure to Chennai corporation schoolchildren. Among the 3,000 participants, 2,000 made it to the second round and 500 to the third round. The final round held on Friday saw 100 students compete for the final eight spots.

The contest witnessed the participation of around 3,000 students from Chennai Corporation Schools and of them eight were declared as winners by a panel including senior management professionals from IIT Madras, corporate firms and college professors, along with some Rotarians. Corporation commissioner D Karthikeyan and deputy commissioner (education) Mageswari  Ravikumar distributed the awards to the winners.

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Participants delivered a three-minute speech on the topic, with one out of two choosing to speak in Tamil. Students who won the previous editions of ‘Wings to Fly’ were flown to Malaysia and Germany.

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