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Dulwich Shanghai Students Become Double World Scholars Cup Champions

January, 2014
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The World Scholars Cup is a global academic competition with four events – Collaborative Writing (persuasive writing planned as a team), Team Debate, Scholars Challenge (multiple-choice questions on the year’s theme) and Scholars Bowl (a team quiz again on the chosen theme).  This year’s theme was ‘A world in Motion’.  There are two divisions - junior and senior – and students compete in teams of three.

dcs-world-cup-yale-winnersAfter winning the Shanghai Regional Round in April, four DCS teams headed out to Dubai to compete in the Global Round. This year’s Global Round was the biggest to be held since the World Scholars Cup began, with nearly 600 secondary school-aged students competing. The students rose to the challenge and Dulwich students Yifeng Dong, Romain Speciel and Angela Lin were announced as the overall winners in the Junior Division, with Yifeng Dong taking 3rd place overall as an individual. The Dulwich team also had many other successes in the individual components of the competition. It wasn’t all academics either – there were many new friends to be made during the social events, which included a Scavenger Hunt, a Dubai Creek social, a desert safari and the Scholars Ball at the tallest hotel in the world.

The best teams from both the Regional and Global Rounds were then invited to a Tournament of Champions hosted by Yale University in November. All four of the teams that had competed in the Global Round qualified for the Tournament. Again the students did battle with the best in the world and again came up trumps, this time the Dulwich team comprised of Claudia Meng, Tara Parekh and Adele Lim winning the Junior Division and our winners from the Global Round finishing in 2nd place. Ashley Wu was placed 3rd overall in the individual competition. Other successes included Dulwich team members Priyanka Iyer, Ashley Wu and Smruthi Rangarajan being named as the best Junior Debate Team, as well as Priyanka Iyer being named as the best Junior Debater. 

All in all this has been an amazing journey for these students, which started as a humble after-school club meeting once a week. The DCS community congratulates these young scholars on their success and encourages them to keep dreaming.


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