World Scholars Cup
World Scholars Cup 2016
In November 2016, nine HeadStart students qualified for the prestigious World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University, USA. 3,500 students from around the world competed, with around 1,000 of the highest academic achievers. The students acquitted themselves admirably, with every single HeadStart student being awarded with a medal for different competition disciplines, demonstrating what a wide range of talent our HeadStart students have. This places our students in the top 5% of all the participants from around the world.
World Scholars Cup 2017
In March 2017 fifteen HeadStart Students travelled to Bangkok to participate in the Regional Round of The World Scholar’s Cup. The competition has an over-arching theme every year. This year the students have been working with content related to ‘An Unlikely World’. They have studied Art, Literature, Science, History, Social Studies and the Special Area of Modern Mythologies. The knowledge and understanding that the students gain is then tested during the competition by their ability to debate write analytical essays, complete a multiple choice exam and work as a team under pressure in the Scholar’s Bowl. With over 320 students taking part of the round, our fifteen students performed exceptionally and all teams qualified for the Global Round taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam at the end of June 2017.
Senior’s Division of World Scholars Cup–New York 2017
Our New York trip allowed students to experience the buzz, culture and excitement of the Big Apple with a visit to MOMA, American Museum of Natural History, The Statue of Liberty, viewing ‘The Lion King’ on Broadway, strolling through Central Park and paying our respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
After four nights in New York, it was time to participate in the Tournament of Champions, which took place at Yale University in New Haven USA from November 9-14th, in the heart of the lovely but very chilly New England autumn. The long hours of study, group work, debate preparation and year round dedication paid off as HeadStart excelled in the competition with the Opening Ceremony, Key Note Speakers, the Scholars Scavenge and the four main competitive events. Once the Senior Division competition events were completed, we were also able to take a day trip to Boston where we followed the Freedom Trail and learned about some of the significant historical events and figures during the Battle for Independence in Boston. Then it was on to two more Ivy League institutions for student tours. Our tours of MIT and Harvard allowed our students further insight into what life is like studying at some of the best Universities in the world.
Out of over 200 senior teams, the team of Hyerin Cho, Sean Byrne, Bomnuri Kim netted seventh place in debating overall and out of over 1,250 individual scholars Marc Baeuerle, was awarded 5th place in the science challenge and a special mention to Hyerin Cho who came 39th out of the entire solo competition and her team with Sean Byrne and Bomnuri Kim placed 25th in the whole team competition. All our scholar’s worked incredibly hard, winning forty medals.
World Scholars Cup Regional Round
Congratulations to all three teams that attended the regional round of The World Scholar’s Cup at Brighton College Bangkok last weekend. All three teams qualified for one of the three global rounds in Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona, and Melbourne. Our teams achieved amazing results receiving a trophy for 3rd place in Collaborative Writing. Other results included placing in the top ten for debating, history, art and literature. Overall our teams placed 12th and 13th in the entire regional round with our third team placing in the top 25.