World Scholar's Cup
22 adventurous students from AST's middle and high school divisions traveled to Taipei on Saturday for AST's first-ever participation in the World Scholar's Cup (WSC). WSC is an academic team program where students compete in spoken debate, writing, knowledge bowl, and other activities. WSC rounds are held worldwide throughout the year (50-60 events in total), with a final round at Yale University. This has been very popular with former students of mine, and I was delighted to accompany our AST scholars. Special thanks to Mr. Patrick Herding for helping me out on that busy, long day! Thanks also to parents who made the trip. Though this event was for local international schools, other WSC events are a great way for students to meet and interact with students from schools around the world.
Our top student achievers were Ethan Struble (G8) fifteen medals, Ellie Chang (G7) 12 medals, Shawn Chuang (G7) 9 medals, Felipe Dombkowski (G8) 7 medals, and Nicole Green (G9) 7 medals. Some won trophies either for individual performance or as part of a successful team. Felipe D., Ethan S., and Jun Choi took 1st place as top debate team in the Junior Division!
A list that highlights our students who placed in the top three of any given category can be viewed here, and complete results of all student achievement are here on the WSC website. We should be very pleased with our students' success, especially as first-time participants! I look forward to more involvement with this program. Let me or Mr. Herding know if you would like more information. The next round to be held in Taiwan will be at Kaohsiung American School, March 16-17, 2018. The schedule for events held around Asia and the world is available here.
Link: Photos of top achievers
Courtesy of Mr. Tim Michael