My Experience of the World Scholar’s Cup

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Manisa McCalman, Year 10G

‘How can unlikely stories be told in unlikely ways?’ was the first and indefinite last question that I explored on my ‘WSC’ journey. This World Scholar’s Cup round was my first experience of the sort, an experience that was truly momentous. It was an experience with its beginnings in the training room.

When I first stepped foot into the ‘WSC’ training room, the room was buzzing with the sound of intense typing and passionate discussion, it was great. This energy that the training room encased from day one never deterred. Being a ‘newbie’, not truly knowing what to expect, nor how to prepare accordingly, I faced uncertainty within myself. Having a number of topics consisting of varied material being introduced at such a quick manner was overwhelming. However, knowing that your knowledge on those topics was subject to examination, now that made me worried. With the appreciated assistance and guidance of my teachers and friends, my worries and concerns faded.

It was a race against time, and surely time was not making it easy. Even with the lack of time, I was able to adopt a substantial amount of new skills and expand my base of knowledge. Time was spent writing essays, having discussions, debates and quizzes with every other ‘Scholaroo’. It was not a journey I took upon myself as a sole individual but as an individual part of a team. We all were in this together.

With absolute honesty, I expected nothing out of ‘WSC’ besides a good experience with any awards or medals considered a bonus. Participating in all four demanding events (the Scholar’s Challenge, Debate, Collaborative Writing and Scholar’s Bowl) was a stressful experience as a whole, however it was an enjoyably stressful experience!

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the opportunity given and guidance throughout this journey by the teachers and scholars. This experience would have not been the same if it were not for teachers, Mr. Broadbent, Mr. Stagg and Mrs. Stagg and my teammates Hollie and Aoi. If you have never participated in a ‘WSC’, I would encourage anyone with the opportunity to do so. It is an exceptional experience that will have a guaranteed lasting impression. This was an experience that I personally treasured.

The World Scholar’s Cup Regional Round

Hollie-Manders Jones, Year 10G and Aoi Kanda, Year 10W

First day:

After merely two months of training, the Scholaroos took on Johor Bahru with a level of ferocity that the Raffles American International School could never had expected. We began our day with a 6:30 wake-up call, as the tournament began at 9am sharp. Unfortunately, for the opening ceremony we were not granted with the opportunity to meet Daniel and Burch, but instead we were greeted with dozens upon dozens of alpacas lined up along the stage. One would think that these cuddly creatures would be calm and peaceful, but they sparked anything but these two virtuous qualities when they were catapulted into the audience members as gifts.

The first day of competition proved to be the toughest, as three of the four events were completed. Events that included debate, collaborative writing and the Scholars Challenge. Debate, was shown to be the Scholaroos’ strongest area, as almost all teams won at least two out of their three debates. The experience of each debate was as thrilling as it was equally terrifying; with only fifteen minutes to prepare beforehand, we needed to trust our gut and knowledge we had obtained the week prior during debate camp - which was a Saturday!

We ended the tiring day with mixed feelings, as we all agreed that this year’s Scholar’s Challenge was far harder than the years before. We gathered for another study session before bed, playing game after game of Kahoot. This ignited an excitement and anticipation for the day to come, the Scholar’s Bowl.

Second day:

The second day started off at a slow pace, with many exhausted as a result from the day before. This all was turned around when Daniel and Burch, from the WSC team, started off the second day with a bang. An energetic atmosphere was introduced into the room as scholars were encouraged to dance, sing and shout and just banter around. In good time, scholars settled down, grabbed a clicker and prepared themselves to start the Scholar’s Bowl.

The Scholar’s Bowl, an event where groups sit together and answer questions through a clicker in a limited space of time. When time was up, the correct answer will be revealed. All teams answered questions after questions in hope of doing so correctly. Cheers of joy and content exploded throughout the room whenever teams answered questions correctly.

After a few rounds of questions, it was time for ‘Alpaca Adoption’, where each scholar was gifted a fluffy companion, an alpaca. Following the adoption activity was the debate showcase that our own Scholaroo Erja was honoured to be a part of. Scholars from all different schools formed a negative and affirmative team to put on an entertaining yet knowledgeable debate. With great speeches made, admirable skills portrayed, the end of the debate initiated the start of the talent show. The talent show showcased a variety of talents that ranged from traditional dance, poetry recitation to even our own Scholaroo Airyl singing ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis.

When a scholar completes all the events that the World Scholar’s Cup holds, the only event that a scholar awaits in anticipation is the Award Ceremony. The Award Ceremony proved very successful for the Scholaroos, with countless medals and trophies being awarded. No team nor scholaroo left empty handed. World Scholar’s Cup Johor Bahru Round was undoubtedly beyond successful.