World Scholar's Cup

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - By: Rachel Steele-MacInnis

In January of last year we welcomed the World Scholar’s Cup team to Western Canada for the very first time. Little did we know, when we opened a prodigious parcel, stuffed full with brightly coloured alpacas, that we were setting out on a journey that would bring us from the nervous excitement of our own lecture theatre to the humid afternoons of Central Europe in mid-summer and, finally, the prestige and splendour of Yale University’s Woolsey Hall.

The World Scholar’s Cup was founded in 2006 by Daniel Berdishevky, a former National Champion of academic decathalon in the United States. Since then, the organisation has grown exponentially, and now hosts rounds in over fifty countries.

Participants take part in four events, all of which focus on one theme. They compete as writers, debaters and test their knowledge by answering test questions, and competing in a trivia contest. The highest-scoring teams qualify to represent their regions at the annual global round, and those who perform excellently are selected to compete at the end-of-year final, the Tournament of Champions, which is hosted, and sponsored, by the International Relations Association of Yale University.

The Scholar’s Cup experience has been exciting and rewarding for our students, and we are very proud of all they have achieved. Our Seniors (Delaney B, Allard ’17, John E, Rogers ’18 and David M, Rogers ’17) placed second overall in the debate category at Yale, becoming one of our most decorated teams. These students, amongst others, are now excited to be mentoring our less experienced students, and have been visiting local schools, on Arts afternoons, to spread the word about the event.

Having experienced all that the Scholar’s Cup has to offer, and forged new and enriching friendships over the past year, our Debate/MUN programme is proud to be hosting the second annual Victoria Round on the 3rd and 4th of February.

More information is available on the event website: http://www.scholarscup.org/

Rachel Steele-MacInnis

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