In August, nine students Angela, Ben Wang, Eve, Elbert, Joshua, Karen, Shirley, Steven and Victor competed in the Global Round of World Scholar’s Cup in Cape Town against 163 teams from 32 countries.
The competition formally started with an opening ceremony at the Cape Town International Convention Centre after which they enjoyed the Waterfront. At DF Malan High School, vigorous debating and creative writing took place and judging was hard as the standard was phenomenal. This was followed by a Cultural Fair at the Convention Centre. The students also had a chance to witness the nominated best debaters in action, participate in the signature Scholars’ Ball and spend time with newly-met friends and opponents they had challenged during the competition! The group also saw the most significant sights of the city. Led by a guide, absorbed the history of South Africa and managed to see Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island, thousands of seals on Seal Island, thousands of penguins on Boulders’ Beach and hiked from the light house to Cape Point.
All three Harrow Hong Kong teams achieved amazing results at the competition. Most importantly, the students made life-long connections with people from all around the world. They were allowed to experience cultures that they would not have had the opportunity to if not for this event. The students were truly excellent ambassadors for Harrow International School Hong Kong and qualified for the Yale round. The results were as follow:
Team 410: Angela, Ben and Joshua
Team Challenge 19th (Silver), Team Debate 43rd (Silver), Team Writing 12th (Gold), Team Bowl 5th (Gold + Trophy), Overall Team Score 10th (Gold), Far-East Region Team Score 2nd (Gold), 2017 TOC Qualifier
Angela – Individual Writing 18th (Gold)
Ben – History Challenge 22nd (Silver), Literature Challenge 4th (Gold), Science Challenge 32nd (Silver), Special Area Challenge 22nd (Silver), Overall Individual Challenge 26th (Silver), Individual Writing 66th (Silver)
Joshua – Social Studies Challenge 25th (Silver), History Challenge 23rd (Silver), Special Area Challenge 32nd (Silver), Individual Debater 89th (Silver), Individual Writing 105th (Silver)
Team 411: Elbert, Eve and Shirley
Team Writing 14th (Gold), 2017 TOC Qualifier
Elbert – Individual Debater 102nd (Silver), Individual Writing 78th (Silver)
Eve – Social Studies Challenge 20th (Silver), History Challenge 35th (Silver), Individual Writing 16th (Gold)
Shirley – History Challenge 39th (Silver), Individual Writing 89th (Silver)
Team 412: Karen, Steven and Victor
Team Debate 20th (Gold), Team Writing 17th (Gold), Team Bowl 35th (Silver), 2017 TOC Qualifier
Karen – Individual Debater 95th (Silver), Individual Writing 4th (Trophy), Top Scholar in School (Gold)
Steven – Individual Debater 23rd (Gold)
Thanks must go to Mrs Smith and her husband for facilitating and taking great care of the students as they competed in the World Scholar’s Cup 2017.
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