Metal detectors at the airport surely rang non-stop as 16 delegates from Miriam College (MC) came home triumphant after winning a total of 90 medals and three trophies at the recent World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions (WSCToC) held in Yale University, Connecticut, USA last November 10 to 14.

The students were composed of Middle School and High School students, three of which competed in the Senior Division while 13 in the Junior Division.

Highest ranking Team in the SEA, PH

Making the country proud is the all-Pinay, three-member team which ranked 9th, besting more than 300 Senior Division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC.  They are the Filipino team with the highest ranking and were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia in that Division.

They are composed of MC High School students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana—also referred to as Team 686 at the WSC. They competed in Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events. They got a total of 29 Gold Medals, 21 Silver medals, and three trophies.

The members of the top team said they did not expect making it to the top 10.  “It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries but we did not let that dishearten us. The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country,” said Tiongson.

Competing at the event was a total of 2,200 scholars coming from 50 countries. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it at Top 10 in the Senior Division.

“This is the 6th time Miriam College has sent a contingent to Yale and to date this is the highest ranking the school has achieved since it first joined the tournament,” says Team 686 coach, Amity Yap.

In 2016, Miriam College got first place in the Manila Rounds, automatically exempting them in the Global Rounds held in Prague and Bangkok. They directly competed in the WSC ToC in Yale.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students –to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” adds Yap.

The Unlikely World is this season’s theme. This guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own.  Apart from Arts, History, Social Studies, Science, Literature, and Special Subject, a new subject added this year is Modern Mythologies.

Topping Literature in the Junior Division
The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events.  They are Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro with Teacher Isabela Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among almost 1, 200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim of the High School won 2nd place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge while Asedillo of the Middle school placed 7th, also in the same category. Overall, Lim landed 12th in the Scholar’s Challenge, an individual event.

To train the girls in the Junior Division, Aguilar said that she conducted a team building activity to develop rapport among the students. “They also participated in several speaking activities that were not as formal as the debate ones but helped them develop confidence in speaking,” she added.

Aguilar added that this latest completion showed what the girls are truly capable of. “Even with the small number of hours we put into training, the students still emerged victorious. All of them improved a lot in terms of performance and because of the consecutive nature of the competition, the girls were able to hone their skills through constant practice.”

Proud Pinay

Chosen to fly the Philippine flag during the closing ceremonies’s Flag March was Asedillo, who proudly carried and waved the flag on stage.
“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” the WSC website defines the tournament.
The WSCToc is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.
The girls were featured in GMA7’s 24-Oras. Watch it here: