WORLD SCHOLARS CUP 2017 : Regional Round

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It is that time of year again, where scholars from all around Jakarta gather in one auditorium for the start of most awaited event, the regional round of World Scholar’s Cup. This is an event that our school is no longer a stranger to. It is an international academic event with students participating from over 50 countries. The event enables scholars from all around the world to build networks with scholars from all around the world. Starting with the regional round, which takes place in cities around the world. In the regional round, a team of three scholars go against teams from schools in the same region. On the 6th and 7th of May 2017, 16 senior division students (and 29 junior division students) from our school started their journey to build new friendships and to experience the thrilling atmosphere of the World Scholar’s Cup!

Each year, this competition has a distinct and different theme, and this year’s theme is an Unlikely World. From the word ‘Unlikely’, it is already a guess that the scholars are expected to uncover some of this world’s unlikeliness, from Area 51, Odin’s Eye, the Y2K Problem, to analysing a poem which was written by an opium-intoxicated poet. The competition itself is divided into 4 categories: debate, writing, challenge (Science, Arts and Music, Literature, History, Social Studies and Special Area) and scholar’s bowl. Different with any other academic competitions, World Scholar’s Cup has been a platform for scholars to learn beyond what the school provides.

By learning a completely different syllabus from most normal school curriculums, students find love in learning just for the sake of learning, expanding beyond mathematics and other generic subjects. Instead of putting our minds to memorizing facts, World Scholar’s Cup teaches us how to apply them and relates them to the world around us through debating against an opponent and writing about on- going world problems. Students are expected to brainstorm for adequate arguments to deliver and to convince the other group along with the judicators.

Muhammad Abyan from the Grade 7 made it to the debate showcase where the 8 best debaters amongst the best debaters are chosen to create a new team of 4. For the first time he proved to us that confidence is all that matters in debating. He successfully convinced the panels and audience to believe the motion that ‘The Primary Reason of Indonesia’s Success is Based on Luck’ should fall. In culmination of the academic competitions, there is a talent show, where scholars can share each one of their talents on the podium, such as dancing, singing or even showing how fast they can solve a rubix cube.

The sound of dingling medals sent agitation and excitement to each individual scholar, our hearts were beating so fast that we could feel our pulse almost bursting and our hands sweating while gripping our teammates’ palms, it was the time to earn the achievements from our hard work. As we awaited for our name to show in the slideshow for each of the categories our feet could not stop fidgeting and our eyes never leave the slides. This year in particular has been the most successful regional round to date. With a total of 52 medals that the seniors raked in, with an addition of 5 trophies and add medals that the juniors achieved. Not only did we bring home medals, but also our very own alpacas! All teams from both the junior division and senior division qualified to join the next round which is the Global Round in Hanoi, Vietnam!

ACHIEVEMENTS DISTRIBUTION

Mathew:

  • 8th Place Champion Debaters
  • 10th Champion Scholars
  • Honor Medal Champion Writers
  • Honor Medal Challenge History
  • Honor Medal Challenge Science
  • Honor Medal Challenge Special Area
  • 2nd Place Bowl
  • 1st Place Team Debate
  • 2nd Place Team Challenge
  • 2nd Place Overall Team
  • School top scorer

Adelia:

  • 7th Place Bowl
  • Honor Medal Champion Debaters
  • Honor Medal Champion Writers
  • 5th Place Team Debate
  • Honor Medal Challenge Arts and Music
  • Honor Medal Champion Scholar
  • 8th Place Qualifying Team

Tazya:

  • 7th Place Bowl
  • Honor Medal Champion Debaters
  • Honor Medal Champion Writers
  • 5th Place Team Debate
  • Honor Medal Challenge Special Area
  • Honor Medal Champion scholar
  • 8th Place Qualifying Team

Vanessa:

  • 7th Place Bowl
  • 12th Place Champion Debaters
  • 5th Place Team Debate
  • 8th Place Qualifying Team

Dafiq:

  • Honor Medal Champion Writers

Jocelyn:

  • Honor Medal Champion Debaters
  • Honor Medal Challenge History

Nadisa:

  • Honor Medal Champion Writers

Chika:

  • 29th Place Champion Writers
  • Honor Medal Challenge Literature
  • Honor Medal Team Writing

Michiko

  • Honor Medal Team Writing

Vika:

  • Honor Medal Champion Writers
  • Honor Medal Team Writing

Nadia:

  • Honor Medal Challenge History
  • Honor Medal Challenge Literature
  • Honor Medal Challenge Social Studies
  • Honor Medal Champion Debaters

Chelsea:

  • Honor Medal Champion Writers
  • Honor Medal Challenge Science

Azqiya:

  • Honor Medal Champion Writers

Kyana:

  • Honor Medal Champion Debaters
  • Honor Medal Team Writing

Shafa:

  • Honor Medal Champion Writers
  • Honor Medal Team Writing

Marwah:

  • 20th Place Champion Writers
  • Honor Medal Team Writing

 

written by  Adelia Arista, Iqlima Mumtazya, Vanessa Tjandra

 

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