WSC 2016: A Tournament for Champions - By Hans Melvern Kasim (S4A)

December 07, 2016

WSC 2016: A Tournament for Champions

Hans Melvern Kasim (S4A)


WSC – World Scholar’s Cup. An academic competition in which teams of three compete in debate, writing, and be quizzed over how well they have mastered the curriculum of six subjects under one theme – an imperfect world.

TOC – The Tournament of Champions. The peak of all the competition, where the highest scoring teams from all across the globe compete for the final event of the year, in the prestigious Yale University in the United States of America.

Coming to the ToC is already a feat in itself. In the opening ceremony, it was highlighted: You are all champions and this is your tournament.

This year, the Tournament of Champions hosted its biggest event yet, with over 1200 global scholars – 216 junior teams, 200 senior teams. 4 teams from SIS PIK had qualified from the Global round at Bangkok, with an additional 2 scholars forming mixed teams with scholars coming from other schools and countries.

Across the four events that took place – debate, writing, challenge and scholar’s bowl – SIS PIK students, for the first year of participation, did exceptionally well across the events, except the challenge. No single scholar from SIS left the tournament empty handed, everyone earned medals – individual and/or team awards. Some notable achievements which SIS Scholars made would be Vincent Richardo – scoring 7th place in individual writing event, Hubert Jo Sumarno – scoring 8th in the Social Studies challenge and his senior team who placed 26th overall.

I was really surprised and I wasn’t expecting it. It was one of the happiest moments in my life.’ – Vincent Richardo

‘It really felt like a Cinderella story. From not doing well during the Global round, to getting top 26 in the tournament of champions. It was only possible because we focused and studied even harder than ever before’ – Wilbert Dietriech Sutardja

One thing to work on though would be the Scholar’s challenge. Most would say it is the most challenging of them all, having only 60 minutes to complete 120 tough and challenging MCQs. To cover all six subjects is no easy feat, and what the students had to reflect on this was that they had to study even harder, but not just memorize the topics; instead, they had to be able to understand it. They also mentioned that it was definitely not good to cram all the last minute studying into the night before.

The World Scholar’s Cup isn’t just any academic competition. Scholars build rivalries and friendships with some of the most skilled and intelligent scholars in the world whilst having fun – the Scholar’s Ball to party together and relieve whatever stress that may have been building up, and even the Scavenger hunt to get to know each other and visit the live mascot – an alpaca called the Painted Warrior.

“Though the theme may have been an imperfect world, the scholars here have showed us that even in an imperfect world, there can still be perfect moments” – Daniel Berdichevsky, the Alpaca-in-Chief, as he stood before the champion scholars in the closing ceremony.


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