SUIS Gubei enjoyed another fantastically successful trip to the United States to join the tournament of champions round of the World Scholars Cup. This trip was the biggest one yet with 27 students attending the competition based in Yale University. The students came back with 119 medals between them. Each medal represents the preparation, teamwork and tenacity of all of the students involved. Joanna Xuan, a WSC scholar and Grade 10 student, records her thoughts and memories of the trip:
2019年度世界学者杯于年前落下帷幕。 上海协和双语高级中学 27名学生精心备赛，在老师的带领下前往美国耶鲁大学参赛并最终赢得119枚奖牌。每一枚奖牌都体现了所有参赛者的顽强毅力与绝佳团队精神。
27 students from SUIS Gubei, including me, set off to Yale University for World Scholars Cup. We had gone through two rounds of rigorous qualifications and heavy preparation, to arrive at the final and last round of the season, the Tournament of Champions.
此次包括我在内的27名协和古北学生前往耶鲁大学参加2019年度世界学者杯。历经艰苦的备赛及两轮严苛的资格赛 ，我们最终进入了本赛季的最终轮 —— 冠军杯。
The competition consists of 4 events, the Challenge, Bowl, Writing, and Debate. The themes and questions in these events revolve around the themes and curriculum set by the World Scholar’s Cup team, posted on their website at the start of every season. My favourite and one of the more unique parts of the competition is the Bowl. My team and I sat in a giant hall with thousands of other scholars, working earnestly to answer dozens of multiple-choice questions that relate to both the themes and real-world events.
The other events of the competition also provided many memorable experiences, The debate allowed us to meet a lot of other brilliant students from all over the world and debate and discuss creative but serious motions, such as “Should CEOs be forced to take a course on philanthropy?” Through discussion, we are allowed to explore the themes and share our unique perspectives on them. I really enjoyed the debates, even if we lost, because the philosophy of the World Scholars Cup allows us to embrace our losses, by calling them ‘lollipops’.
Finally, almost all scholars would agree that the award ceremony is the most anticipated event. Medals are handed out to the best performing scholars, celebrating their achievements. Almost everyone has a chance at getting medals, if not multiple.
Throughout the competition and other events, such as the scholar’s scavenge, I made a lot of friends, both alpaca and human. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the competition, and it is an unforgettable experience that I definitely recommend to other students.