"The teams began and ended the weekend as fierce rivals," said
Events at the tournament included essays, team debates, written exams, and a grueling Scholar's Bowl in which students worked together to answer questions in front of an audience. All events centered on this year's curriculum theme: the Fall of Empires. Teams studied the science of sustainable development, the economics of spectacular collapse, and the history, art, film, and literature of empires in decline. They also took part in a community-building scavenger hunt and performed in a debate showcase for the general public.
"My students thoroughly enjoyed the international nature of the World Scholar's Cup," said Dr. Sakhar Nair, coach of the winning teams from Raffles Girls' School in
Eight of the top ten spots in the senior division and seven of the top ten spots in the junior division went to teams from
"The Scholar's Cup has really evolved into a world-class competition," said
After winning the senior division at last year's World Finals in
Program sponsors included the DemiDec Corporation, FunnelBrain LLC, and iRespond. The 2009 World Finals were hosted by Nanyang Girls' High School, with support from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
In a statement, the STB noted that "staging the World Scholar's Cup has strengthened
At the awards ceremony on Sunday evening, students cheered when Berdichevsky announced the curriculum theme for the upcoming competition season: A World Divided. "There's a bit of irony to that," admitted Berdichevsky, "since a major goal of the program is to help bring the world together."
For more information on the World Scholar's Cup, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.scholarscup.org.
About the World Scholar's Cup
With participants in over 30 countries, the World Scholar's Cup is the world's leading all-around team academic competition. Teams learn a global curriculum spanning diverse subjects and skills, from science and art to writing and debate. They then participate year-round in an online community and compete in person at regional and world tournaments.
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