EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME – AQUINAS COLLEGE STUDENTS EXCEL AT WORLD SCHOLAR’S CUP GLOBAL ROUND

The Aquinas College World Scholar’s Cup Junior and Senior teams qualified to compete at the
prestigious World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions in Yale this year.

10 September 2018 – “Let’s Talk.”, “Come talk to me, I would like to be your friend.”: These were the signs greeting the Aquinas College World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) team as they entered the doors of Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 World Scholar’s Cup Global Round Barcelona. Holding the signs were groups of participants from Israel, one of the 56 countries represented at the event. It was the first “sign” of the globally minded celebration of learning that awaited.

The Aquinas College students had made the 10-hour journey from Nassau to Barcelona, Spain just two days before the Ceremony. Having gotten lost along with their chaperones on their first day in Spain, the students had quickly figured out the Barcelona Metro. Arriving at the Convention Centre brimming with confidence and buzzing with excitement, nothing could have prepared the students for the unforgettable experience they were about to have.

Jasmine Hanna, Aquinas College World Scholar’s Cup Team Member, relayed the significance of that initial encounter: “The first thing I remember about the Barcelona Round was walking into the Convention Centre’s doors for the Opening Ceremony and seeing groups of people holding up signs. It was very interesting to see that other people from other parts of the world wanted to know about our interests, how we live, and what we believe in. It was amazing!” She continued: “Around the world we have so much discrimination, but at the World Scholar’s Cup there was none. Everyone accepted you for who you were and you were free to be yourself.”

Aquinas College World Scholar’s Global Round team members included T’Ron Strapp, D’Ron Strapp, Canaan Cooper, Antonio Thompson, Dariq Chase, Tamia Moss, Jasmine Hanna, Malik Knowles, Arianna Milsap, Zyhria Curry, Jacovia McKenzie and Danae Morrison. The team qualified to advance to the Global Round after a spectacular showing at the World Scholar’s Cup Bahamas Round. The theme for the WSC this year is ‘An Entangled World’. Teams for the World Scholar’s Cup is usually composed of three students, each team participates in the four standard round events. The competition has a senior and junior level. Every WSC round features four competitive skill building events: Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Challenge (applying learning across six WSC subjects) and Scholar’s Bowl.

Founded by Daniel Berdichevsky the first World Scholar’s Cup took place in Korea in 2007. The first “global” round followed a few weeks later, bringing together students from Korea, Singapore, and the United States. For the past 11 years the Cup has celebrated the joy of learning, providing a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last place as for the team that won. It seeks to motivate students from around the world not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones.

Members of the Aquinas College team secured numerous awards at the World Scholar’s Cup 2018 Barcelona Global Round including Top 25% – Challenge Literature (Dariq Chase), Top 30% – Challenge Science – (Malik Knowles), Top 25% – Champion Scholars (Danae Morrison), Top 30% – Challenge Literature and Top 30% – Challenge History (Arianna Milsap). Most impressively six Aquinas College students, the Senior and Junior teams, qualified for the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions.