By Erin Mitchel Abadilla
Selected students of The Philippine School recently passed the elimination round of the World Scholar’s Cup held last May 27 and 28 at GEMS World Academy, Dubai. They are qualified to join the global round in Bangkok, Thailand on June 25, 2016.
Breanna Bagalay, Asheneth Macatangay, Eryca Mae Sulian, Natalie Lauren Javillonar, Beaux Consunji, Athena Nicole Tivi, Caitlin Gonzales, and Gabriel Libatique were included in the 10% qualifiers of the elimination round.
The World Scholar’s Cup is an international academic competition that consists of a debate contest, creative writing, Scholar’s Bowl, and the Scholar’s Challenge.
Some of the schools who participated were the Old Millenium School, Our Own English High School, Delhi Private School, GEMS International School, Our Own High School, Ambassador School, GEMS Wellington School, Cambridge High School, Deira International School, Indian High School, and the American High School.
“We were trained by English Department Head- Ms. Dinah Goc, for 2-4 hours for 2 weeks,” says Asheneth Macatangay. The recent elimination round lasted for two consecutive days and training was per team.
As a form of training for the debate contest, a real hands-on debate challenge was conducted by Ms. Dinah; thereafter, the coach gave constructive evaluation and comments.
They were also tasked to write literary compositions within 45 minutes for the collaborative writing. They answer questions in a limited time of 3-5 seconds for 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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