ISLAMABAD (APP)- "Annual Inter-collegiate Talented Students Competitions" began with great fanfare at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG), F-6/2 on Tuesday as students of different colleges from the federal capital and its suburbs took part in events of Naat, Qirat, dry and fresh flower arrangement and poster competitions. The students showed their creative talent in the three day contests with the desire to excel and make their mark. In Qirat competition, Ruhma Ameen of IMCG F-6/2 and Saadia Alwi of ICG F- 6/2 got first prize while Samina Sabir of F.G Margalla College and Sana Sehar of F.G College F-7/2 got second and third prize respectively. In Naat competition, Sehar Asghar of F.G Margalla College got first prize and Tayyaba Babar of IMCG F-6/2 and Kanwal Abbas of F.G College G-10/2 got second prize. While the third prize was given to Zahida of IMCG F-7/4. In the fresh flower competition, the multi-coloured flowers were arranged in the decorated pots following the topic "Under the sea water". While dry flowers were arranged under the topic Indoor Frolics'. In flower arrangement competition, Ayesha Rehman of IMCG F-6/2 and Hajra Rehman of IMCG F-6/2 achieved brilliance. In poster competitions, students skillfully portrayed different 'Stages of human life' through symbolic figures and images like trees and other life like pictures. "Inspired by the beautiful poem of William Shakespeare about stages of human life, I have tried to paint the complexities of life on one side and joy and happiness on the other" said a participant. Madiha of F.G Margalla College F-7/4 got first prize and Ambreen of Margalla College and Sara Anjum of IMCG F-10/2 got second and third prize respectively in the poster competition. However, the consolation prize was given to Sidra of F.G College for Women F-7/2. Qari Najam Mustafa, as a chief guest, on the occasion appreciated the efforts of students in presenting beautiful recitation of the Quran which is a miracle for mankind. The verses chosen for the Qirat aroused religious fervour among the listeners. "We should not only benefit from the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) but also help in spreading the message of Prophet (PBUH)," Najam Mustafa said. "We must live a life of sacrifice because Allah love those people who serve humanity selflessly. This life on earth is the test of patience and we must serve humanity. We should not adopt arrogant behaviour and try to be humble with others," he said. The principal of the college Rehana Rashid congratulated the students who enthusiastically participated in the competitions and acquired success. She also urged the students to act upon the principles of Islam and adopt human values of love, fraternity and brotherhood. "Such competitions being an annual feature of colleges help boost the confidence of students and utilize their hidden potential in constructive way. Such healthy activities should be made a regular part of the college routine, besides study", a participant of competition remarked. On December 17, the second day, the competitions of Urdu debate, computer graphics, dresses and collage work would be held. While the contests would end with English debate and singing competitions on December 18, the third day.