30 SOIS students traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam this summer to participate in the World Scholar’s Cup Global Round. The goals of World Scholar’s Cup to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills and to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders. The event is a celebration of learning centered around 4 academic events, including debate, knowledge bowl, collaborative writing, and a challenge test. Included in between these are social events to get students to make connections with others. More than 3000 students from over 50 countries were in Hanoi. All of the students had to qualify for the round through local events.
All of the SOIS students did well, making many friends and learning much about themselves and the topics of this year’s event. Several students placed very high in the standings, considering the over 1,000 teams in the two divisions. Grade 9 Emily Yoo finished 44th overall in the junior division. The team of Tyus Sheriff (4th overall), Skye Inada (30th place) and Minami Matsushima (43rd place) won third place in the senior division. SIS English teacher Steve Sheriff won the Coach of the Year prize for his efforts in building the program at our school. Congratulations to all the students and teacher involved in the program!
A delegation of 15 SOIS students qualified for the Tournament of Champions, the ultimate World Scholar’s Cup event in November at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Students ages 11 to 18 are eligible to participate in WSC. OIS will begin organizing teams for the spring and summer events in the new year. Stay tuned for details.