Congratulations to six remarkable Year 8 students who after qualifying at the Regional and Global rounds of the World Scholar’s Cup, participated in the Tournament of Champions held at the prestigious Yale University in New Haven, USA, achieving a Top 100 ranking for every academic event – a phenomenal result.
The six students who participated in the Tournament of Champions were: Livia Tropea, Judie Chen, Shreya Barua, Eileen Liang and Amelie How
The Tournament of Champions is a celebration of learning and challenges teams to work together, allowing each participant to increase their understanding about different subjects but also how to connect them to each other and to the world. It is an enrichment opportunity that motivates students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones.
Our girls were among 1500 students who competed in the Junior Division (10 – 14 years) from over 30 countries and Fintona was only one of six other schools from Australia. Held over five days of intense competition from November 16-20, our girls competed in a number of academic events which included debating, collaborative writing and sat for a range of assessments on several academic subjects.
Overall, our girls received a swag of gold and silver medals and notably, Livia Tropea, was selected, as a result of her performance during the debating events, to compete in the Debate Showcase. Livia was the final speaker for the affirmative team on the topic of social media and led her team to victory.
Whilst the girls thoroughly enjoyed the rigours of the academic challenges, there was also lots of fun built into the program. The girls were given the chance to interact with and learn directly from Yale students, attend a special tour on college life, eat Yale dining hall food, meet keynote speakers, including a Yale University professor, and attend several social events such as a Yale Scavenger Hunt and Yale Ball. As a special addition to the trip, the girls also visited the much larger Harvard University in Boston and were able to compare and contrast the two Ivy League universities.
It was a privilege to mentor the girls and see them develop their skills throughout the entire World Scholar’s Cup journey. They have all come away from this incredible experience not only knowing what it’s like to be a student at one of the world’s greatest universities and compete academically at an international level, but have discovered how much fun learning can be.