The World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) has brought thousands of students together from over 100 countries to participate in various academic events, along with sharing their knowledge and culture with each other and developing their English and critical thinking skills.
WSC is an international, academic team academic programme that consists of four main events, namely collaborative writing, team debate, Scholars’ Challenge, and Scholars Bowl. In addition to these four academic events, there are also events such as the Scholars’ show and the debate showcase at the regional round, and also the Scholars’ scavenge, the Scholars’ Ball, and the cultural fair at the global round. These additional events further encourage the participants to interact with those from all over the world, hence establishing a global community.
The four academic events revolve around six subjects — a special area, science, literature, history, social studies, and art and music. As the theme changes, the topics for every subject change each year. For example, the theme for WSC 2018 was ‘An Entangled World’, the topic for the special area was human relationships, the topic for science was the biology of memory, the topic for history was the history of diplomacy, for example.
WSC will make those taking part see learning in a whole new perspective. Through the events, they will experience learning beyond the four corners of the classroom. The events also encourage teamwork, even though certain events need to be done individually.
As of 2019, WSC consists of three rounds — the regional round, the global round, and last but not least the tournament of champions (ToC).
The first WSC round took place in Korea in 2007. The first globa round followed a few weeks later, bringing together students from Korea, Singapore, and the United States. The number of participants has multiplied ever since, resulting in tens of thousands of scholars participating every year.
The idea behind the World Scholars’ Cup was to create something different from the traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, an enrichment opportunity that motivates students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones.
The WSC mascot is an alpaca. According to Berdichevsky, the three finalists were penguins, emus, and alpacas. Scholars get to take home their very own stuffed alpaca after every round. A common practice in WSC is the echoing of the word ‘pwaa’ which, according to Berdichevsky, is the sound that a happy alpaca makes. This onomatopoeia has become a sensation among WSC participants. The word ‘pwaa’ is also used as a pun in various places during the contest, examples of which are Pwaasome (awesome), Pwaala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur), Pwaalified (qualified), etc.
The most recent WSC global round competition just took place in Sydney from 15-20th August at the International Convention Centre Sydney near the beautiful Darling Harbour. Singapore National Academy (SNA), Surabaya, sent a group of competitors to compete in this round. Many of the students from SNA commented on how fun the competitions were although it certainly requires them to prepare thoroughly and do some intense studying, debating, and writing practices to build on their world knowledge in order to debate skillfully.
Evidently, the World Scholars’ Cup introduces scholars to a whole new world of learning while developing various skills through academic events which not only boosts their academic ability and allow an abundance of knowledge, but also their leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. So why not give it a try, future scholars?
Almost all of the Scholars from SNA will be competing in the final stage of the competition taking place in Yale University later this November.