By Natalie Loren Javillonar
Photo by Breanna Bagalay, Trisha Tanes
Selected students of The Philippine School – Dubai qualify for the Global Round of the World Scholar’s Cup, which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 26 to July 1, 2017. They recently aced in the Dubai Regionals round that took place at the American University in Dubai (AUD) last March 10 and 11, 2017.
Aeron Alde, Beaux Consunji, Breanna Bagalay, Caitlin Gonzales, Natalie Loren Javillonar, Eryca Mei Sulian, Precious Tanes, Yzette Guiwan, Gillianne Bancosta, Raissa Shaine Dumagan, Gabriel Libatique, Athena Nicole Tivi, Joshua Earl Sumbillo, Jeremie Lei Casanding, Christian Goc, and Frances Marie Velasco were the students who participated in the competition.
The World Scholar’s Cup is an international team academic program with students participating from over 50 countries. The competition consists of team debates, collaborative writing, the Scholar’s Bowl, and the Scholar’s Challenge.
Some of the top schools who participated in the Dubai round were the GEMS Wellington Academy, Cambridge International School, Dubai English Speaking College, Jumeirah College, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, Uptown School, and representative schools from Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria.
TPS representatives only had two days of training prior to the competition, yet they still managed to show an astounding performance. As a form of training for the debate contest, debate challenges were conducted by Ms. Dinah Goc; consequently, the coach gave constructive evaluation and comments on how to improve their skills for the debate event.
They were also assigned to write literary compositions within 45 minutes for the collaborative writing portion. They answer questions in a limited time of 3-5 seconds on the Scholar’s Bowl, and they were encouraged to answer multiple choice questions from the internet about various topics for the Scholar’s Challenge.
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