“A learning journey of a lifetime”—a promise given by the World Scholar’s Cup Founder, Daniel Berdichevsky. World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) is an academic competition with an annual theme and specifically selected topics in Science, Economics, the Arts, Literature, History, and Current Affairs. As students learn, research, and debate issues, they learn skills in public speaking and team problem-solving. Morrison students have competed in the Taiwan Regional Round and Thailand Global Round (held summer of 2012). Teams qualifying at the Global Round were then invited to the Tournament of Champions held at Yale University in November 2012, New Haven, Connecticut. Junior, Lilly Su, shares her experiences as a World Scholar’s participant.
WSC is not something you chose to do- it is something that chooses you. It is not all about cramming before the competition and hoping that you can remember everything, but about learning how to apply the knowledge. It is about hyperventilating before the debates and the adrenaline pumping as you give your speech. It is about making new friends, creating new memories, and most importantly, having a great time while expanding your horizons.
I joined WSC because I had seen my friends compete. Not only were they getting a lot of medals, but they were also gaining experience in different areas such as writing, public speaking, and teamwork. Replacing a student who was unable to go to the global round, I faced the burden of not letting my team down because they had gotten the highest score in the Taiwan Regional Round. At the Global Round in Thailand, we got tenth place overall. Before we knew it, we were on the plane to attend the Tournament of Champions at Yale.
We really wanted to win, but so did everyone else. We knew it was not going to be easy because we were competing with some of the best qualifying teams from the various regional and global rounds. Although it was similar to the Global Round in Thailand, being at Yale was a whole new experience. Since the competition was held in Yale buildings and participants were surrounded by college students, it made us feel more mature and more responsible. There was a sense of hope, knowing that if you set your mind to something, you will get it. Despite the obstacles of jetlag and sickness, our team really pulled through and ended up getting second place overall—an outcome nobody had anticipated.
WSC is something you have to commit yourself to—not other people forcing you to do it. This competition is not competing with other people, but competing with yourself as you try to be better than before. Although a slight disadvantage of WSC is that people with superb memorization skills can easily get a high score on the challenge, WSC has now changed its format slightly to increase its level of difficulty. I didn’t think WSC would transform me, but it helped me realize that as long as you set your mind to something and have faith in God, God does take care of your worries and answers your prayer.
Morrison is excited that more and more opportunities in the academic field are available for students in international schools. It is fun for students. These competitions grow students’ skills in logic, critical thinking and communication, which prepares our students to change the world.