RANEPA students win awards at Russian Student Spring
The city of Samara on the Volga has hosted the 30th Russian Student Spring nationwide festival. This was the first Student Spring edition that lasted six days, emerging as the largest creative competition in Russia.
The event brought together more than 5,000 participants from 85 regions. The jury evaluated over 2,000 entries in 62 categories and 140 sub-categories as part of 10 broader areas such as Regional Program, Vocal, Instrumental, Dance, Theater, Specialty, Fashion, Journalism, Video, and Art.
Students from Stolypin Volga Institute of Management (RANEPA branch in Saratov) won the Grand Prix as part of the Saratov Region team for the third time in a row. Their project, Legends of Spring, was also noted with a 2nd degree diploma.
Some of RANEPA Saratov students also won awards in individual competitions: Elina Ambartzumyan won the Vocal Grand Prix for singing Stompin' at the Savoy. Actors from the 5 LETTERS student theater won 2nd degree awards in Declamation / Poetry / Small Teams for Alexander Sidorin’s Author or Character, as well as in Chamber Theater / Drama / Teams, for Anna Lifirenko’s Mukhina Flip.
“I’m mad about jazz, and I always try to promote it whenever I have a chance. This music always helps me feel my own mood deeper, it brings incredible pleasure,” Elina Aambartzumyan shares. “This year’s Grand Prix came as a shock. My name never came up during the awards ceremony for other categories; but after that, I was invited to sing in a gala concert. And as I went on stage, I forgot it was a competition. I was living in the here and now enjoying every single moment of it and thinking how bright and intense my youth was. That lightness and sincerity helped me sing the best I can, and inspired the audience and the jury members, and in the end, it gave me the main prize.”
Viktor Cheplyayev, director of the Saratov branch, praised the students’ achievements: “The country's leading positions are ensured by its young people. Every year, we watch our students grow, watch them show incredible creativity and a responsible attitude towards representing their region at the Russian Student Spring. They are constantly looking for opportunities, demonstrating a winning spirit, something they’ll use long after their college years are over, in their future professional activity. The festival has shown that Russia has created the right conditions for ambitious, creative and purposeful students.”
Anastasia Bogdanova from the North-West Institute of Management – RANEPA branch in St. Petersburg – won second place in the Folk Vocal: A Traditional Folk Song category.
“I liked the festival,” Anastasia said. “People competed in different categories every day and we went there, as a group, to support the others. We attended rehearsals and workshops. The opening and closing ceremonies flew in one breath, the organization was impeccable – it was as if we have visited the Olympics. I wish every student would try competing in this festival.”
Snimki band from the Siberian Institute of Management – RANEPA branch in Novosibirsk – won a 2nd degree diploma in the Music Bands (Groups) category.
The Revolution team, which won 3rd degree diploma in Ballroom Dance Sport (small teams), included Timur Filatov (Bryansk branch of RANEPA), Yelizaveta Remizova and Anastasia Torikova (Petrovsky Bryansk State University), and Vladislav Mogilenko (Bryansk Professional Pedagogical College).
Russian Student Spring is a project implemented by the Russian Union of Youth on the Russia – Land of Opportunity presidential platform. It is supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) and the Government of the Samara Region.