Grade 8 Christian Goc: 72nd Best Scholar in the World, 3rd in Middle East
by TPS Insights
Photo by Dinah Goc
Success at the recently completed World Scholar’s Cup Global round in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 25- July 1, 2017 gave seven students the right to compete in the upcoming Tournament of Champions in Yale University New Haven, Connecticut in November.
Earl Sumbillo , Breanna Bagalay, Beaux Consunji, Aeron Alde, Franchesca Velasco, Jeremie Casanding, Christian Goc gained an opportunity to advance into the final level of competition. Caitlin Gonzales , Precious Tanes, and Natalie Javillonar also represented The Philippine School in Vietnam.
The World Scholar’s Cup consists of four main events, namely: Team Debates, Collaborative Writing, The Scholar’s Challenge, and The Scholar’s Bowl. The team competed against more than 3,000 middle and high school students. There were three global round venues this year: Cape Town, South Africa; Athens, Greece and Hanoi, Vietnam . TPS team decided to participate in Vietnam.
Grade 8 student Christian Goc piled up awards in the academic competition, such as 72nd Best Scholar in the World; 11th Best Individual Debater; 17th Best in the History section of the Scholar’s challenge; 3rd Best Scholar in the Middle East, School Champion ( an award given to the highest scoring scholar of each delegation).
“ This is unlike everything I have experienced,” Christian said. “ It was truly a blessing to receive such honors, but what was truly momentous for me was not just the amount of medals I won, but also the good relationships that I shared during the entire course of the event,” he added.
Breanna Bagalay, also a Yale University qualifier, said that the debate was shown as their strongest area. “ The awarding ceremony was proved to be very successful for us because we were awarded as Yale University qualifiers,” she shared in an interview with TPS Insights.
Grade 7 student Caitlin Gonzales said, “ The Scholar’s challenge was honestly the hardest academic event. We had to answer a 120-item test in an hour.”
Ms. Dinah Goc , the English Department Head of The Philippine School, was very instrumental in coaching the students. Prior to the Vietnam competition this year, she also trained the students in their WSC involvement in Bangkok , Thailand on June 25, 2016.
Last year, Daniel Berdichevsky, founder and “Alpaca in Chief” of the World Scholar’s Cup came to The Philippine School Dubai with the hopes of prompting students from our institution to take part in the academic competition that he spearheads. That was the first time the program was introduced to the school.
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