AATA BEE 2023 International Youth Quiz
Report by: Dr Rathnakar Sherigar Virginia USA
Virginia USA: All America Tulu Association (AATA) was established with the vision of bringing the people of Tulunad origin residing in the United States and Canada together under one umbrella. AATA BEE International Youth Quiz 2023 is another step by it in bringing the Tuluva kids together.
The first season event of AATA BEE International Youth Quiz 2023 was held during the first week of December. Tuluva kids from more than 75 schools in the United States and Canada participated in this online event with great enthusiasm. The quiz contest was held at three levels: High, Middle, and Elementary. It was a real test for critical thinking and trivia on Science, Mathematics, History, Sports, General Knowledge and more.
President Shreevallli Rai Martell inaugurated the event. In her inaugural address, she mentioned that AATA is creating history by organizing this International Quiz contest as a part of the Youth Enrichment Program and Student Scholarship Award. It is a great platform for the students to show their knowledge and improve internationally. She encouraged the students to remember that the goal is to participate in the event and you are all winners today for your interest and determination. This will also help the kids in their future education including college admissions. She sincerely thanked all the kids for participating and their parents for encouraging them.
AATA also known as Akhila Americoda Tuluvere Angana in Tulu has announced attractive cash prizes of $1000, $500, and $250 along with trophies for the winner of the High School, Middle School and Elementary School respectively. In addition to the International Championships, there will be top 10 international rank holders in each level.
Shubhan Garani of Dublin Jerome High School of Dublin, Ohio USA is the winner and rightfully claimed the trophy and cash award of $1000 under the high school level. Neil Shetty and Shreyan Kancharla of Willia G. Enloe Magnet High School, Raleigh North Carolina USA are second and third-rank holders. Claire Dsouza, Arha Bangera, Dhruv Nair, Dhyana Chettiar, Neeshma Shetty, Avril Mathias and Raghav Shetty are the remaining of the top ten rank holders in that order.
The middle school category had high participation and tough competition. Hridhaan Shetty from W Tresper Clarke Middle School of Westbury, New York USA won the trophy and the cash prize. Sanvi Asaigoli of Carnage Magnet Middle School, Raleigh North Carolina USA and Samyak Acharya of Triangle Math and Science Academy, Cary North Carolina USA are the second and third rank holders. Shiven Shetty, Saahasi Udupa, Sanjay Alva, Tanish Shetty, Anjana Upadhya, Krithik Puttur, and Nathan D’souza are among the top ten rank holders under the middle school Category in that order.
Akshaj Chidananda of Hopewell Elementary School, Bettendorf, Iowa USA is the winner of the quiz in the Elementary school category. Rishaan Shetty of Lake Windward Elementary Alpharetta, Georgia USA and Vihaan Alva of Neil Armstrong Elementary School, San Ramon California USA are second and third rank holders. Nishanth Sherigar, Yash Mehra, Sujana Pattumudi, Shriya Prashanth, Samay Shetty, Nirvi Shetty and Anarghya Abhiram are among the top ten rank holders in the elementary school category.
It was a difficult job to set up a reliable, foolproof, secure and easy-to-use online platform for an international quiz competition with the right mix of brain-tickling questions. But quizmasters Sindhu Kulal – an energetic member from Toronto Canada, the dynamic joint secretary Ranjani Asaigoli from North Carolina USA and the Director & zestful lead of the Youth Enrichment Focus Group Dr Rathanakar Sherigar from Virginia USA, made it so easy to use for even an elementary school kid. AATA compliance team leads Santosh Shetty from Atlanta USA – Treasurer of AATA, Dr Jagdish Kumar – Ambassador from California USA, Prasanna Lakshman – Director from Boston USA, Puja Shetty – General Secretary from Boston USA monitored the entire competition seamlessly.
AATA founder president Bhaskar Sherigar from Boston USA, vice president Shirish Shetty from Atlanta USA, vice president Sudarshan Shetty from Toronto Canada, Joint treasurer Sudeep Hebbar from Atlanta, Youth Ambassador Aryaman Shetty from California, chairperson of the board of directors Dr Mohana Chandra KP of California, all the Directors, Ambassadors and Advisors provided the necessary guidance and support.
AATA intends to conduct the AATA BEE International Quiz contest every year in December. AATA is also proposing a Global Quiz Competition in the future where Tuluva kids from the entire world can participate.
Report by: Dr Rathnakar Sherigar Virginia USA