Mangaluru, Apr 22: Mount Carmel NCC cadets celebrated 'Earth Day' as well as felicitated the senior NCC cadets. Yashavanth Mada, second officer of NCC, BEM high school was the chief guest of the day. He was escorted to the dais by NCC cadets Samarth Nayak and Dishan G.
The programme began on the school open ground with a magnificent peace drill by the senior cadets, depicting harmony of the environment and highlighting discipline and coordination.
The formal programme in the hall commenced with a prayer song. Cadet Daniel Veigas welcomed the gathering and introduced the chief guest Yashavanth Mada. He along with the principal Sr Melissa and administrator Sr Carissima were greeted by the cadets with flowers.
As part of the Earth Day celebration, the chief guest and the dignitaries watered the plant that was kept in a prominent place and later the 2 cadets offered it to the principal Sr Melissa, as a symbol to protect Mother Earth by nurturing the nature around us on the campus. The bird feeds that junior cadets had made on the occasion of Earth Day was judged on the spot by the dignitaries and the winning group was awarded.
The senior cadets were then felicitated with the ‘A’ certificate and prizes were awarded to the winners of other competitions. Two of the senior cadets voluntarily stepped up and recounted their experience as cadets, and enumerated their excitement, nervousness and the joy they felt in taking part in all the activities conducted throughout the past years.
The chief guest Yashavanth Mada in his speech appreciated the programme and the work put in by the cadets and their mentors ANO teacher Teena and teacher Philomena. He wished a bright future for the cadets and encouraged them to continue to be part of NCC and motivated them to join the Indian army and serve the country thereby. Principal Sr Melissa encouraged the cadets to keep to their motto ‘Unity and Discipline’ and urged the seniors to remember the worth of their certificates. At the end, Cadet Leon Cletus Tauro proposed the vote of thanks. Cadet Mahathi compered the programme. The ceremony wrapped up with a patriotic chorus of the NCC song.