Kottayam: Kozhikode lifted the gold cup with 819 points at the concluding day of the 51st state school youth festival here Sunday.Thrissur which is positioned second get 776 points while Kannur and Palakkad received 767 and 763 points respectively.
Hosts Kottayam is in the sixth position with 729 points. Inaugurating the concluding ceremony at police parade ground here, chief minister V S Achutanandan called on the students to avoid unnecessary tendencies related to school festivals.
He said the government in consultation with the education department will decide to retain the ability of winners after leaving the school. Out of 216 items students of Kozhikode won in 178 items and bagged the 117.5 sovereign cup for the fifth consecutive year. Earlier, a procession was taken out marking the conclusion of the festival from sports council ground and passed through sastri road, YMCA road, K K road and converged at police parade ground.