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CHAC WOWS at World Scholars' Cup (Brisbane)

CHAC WOWS at World Scholars' Cup (Brisbane)

CHAC Teams WOW at World Scholars’ Cup

It appears that CHAC has “done it again” at the World Scholars’ Cup, with overall results even better than last year! Our teams came 1st and 2nd in the Senior Division, won both Senior and Junior Writing categories, and were the Champion Junior Team in the Challenge Subjects section/exam, where students had to demonstrate their knowledge across six nominated Challenge Subjects that included History (of Diplomacy), Science (of Memory) and Social Science (Black Markets). Five three-student teams (three Senior, two Junior) competed at Churchie across two very intense days over the Easter break, and many students placed in individual categories.

It is particularly exciting that due to their stellar performance, our teams have now been invited to participate in a Global Round to be held in Melbourne in August, with the College and students’ families currently investigating the possibility of attending.

The World Scholars’ Cup operates in over 60 countries, with over 100,000 students participating. Its goals are to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders and to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills. The competition aims to be different from traditional academic competitions as it seeks to celebrate the joy of learning through a tournament that is as rewarding for the team that comes last as the for the team that comes first. The competition is interdisciplinary, forward-looking, team-oriented and whimsical, with rainbow-coloured alpacas used as the mascot of the event.

After six weeks of studying an enormous range of material, teams competed in four events: essay writing, impromptu debating (each team debated three times with only 15 minutes preparation, many of them first-time debaters), an exam paper and a multiple-choice collaborative quiz in an auditorium where teams select their answers under time pressure, using electronic clickers.

Congratulations to the 15 students who represented the College with distinction: Alice Dagwell, Tayah Uren, Alec Wills, Sam Clark, Rebecca Leonard, Daniel Carton, Ella Blacker, Lily Smith, Jacques Dennison, Mia Forsingdal, Oliver Lindsay, Emily Van Wyk, Ciaran Komarakul-Greene, Lars Forsingdal and Sophie Corcoran (and commiserations to Oliver Cameron, who was not able to participate due to illness). As always, our teams were a delight to work with and attracted nothing but positive comments. Thanks are also owed to Sarka Baiada and Janelle Booker for giving up a day of their respective holidays to help out with supervision.

Detailed result highlights are as follows:

Senior Division:

  • Senior Team Champions (Lily Smith, Jacques Dennison, Ella Blacker)
  • Senior Team Champion Runners-Up (Sophie Corcoran, Ciaran Komarakul-Greene, Lars Forsingdal)
  • 1st in Challenge Subject: Human Relationships Subject and Across All Challenge Subjects (Sophie Corcoran)
  • Champion Senior Writer (Ciaran Komarakul-Greene)
  • 2nd in Challenge Subject: Social Studies (Jacques Dennison), Literature (Mia Forsingdal), Science (Oliver Lindsay)
  • 2nd in the Scholars’ Bowl Team Quiz: Jacques Dennison, Lily Smith, Ella Blacker
  • 3rd in the Overall Senior Scholar Championship: Sophie Corcoran
  • 3rd  in Challenge Subject: Jacques Dennison (Debating), Lars Forsingdal (Writing), Emily Van Wyk (Arts Subject)
  • 3rd in the Scholars’ Bowl Team Quiz: Jacques Dennison, Lily Smith, Ella Blacker
  • 3rd Debating Team: Lars Forsingdal, Sophie Corcoran, Ciaran Komarakul-Greene
  • 3rd Writing Team: Lars Forsingdal, Sophie Corcoran, Ciaran Komarakul-Greene

Junior Division:

  • Champion Junior Team in the Challenge/Exam Section, across all Subjects (Daniel Carton, Rebecca Leonard, Sam Clark) NB: Sam was our Reserve and was called in the night before when the original team member called in sick. The team placed 6th overall in the Junior Division regardless; a noteworthy achievement.
  • Champion Junior Writer (Daniel Carton)
  • 1st in Challenge Subject: Social Studies (Alec Wills)
  • 2nd in Challenge Subjects: Social Studies (Rebecca Leonard), Human Relationships (Alice Dagwell)
  • 3rd across All Challenge Subjects (Rebecca Leonard)

Barbara Mossman
Coordinator: Gifted and Enterprise Education