Nine teams from Miriam College were qualified to compete at the prestigious World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions in Yale this year after excelling in different events at the recently concluded World Scholar’s Cup Kuala Lumpur Global Round 2018.
The nine are part of an original 11 teams comprised of 33 students from Miriam College Middle School (MCMS), High School (MCHS), and Nuvali (MC Nuvali). Combined, they won a total of 84 silver medals, 119 gold medals, and 16 trophies. They competed in the Scholar’s Challenge, Collaborative Writing, Team Debate, and Scholar’s Bowl events.
MCMS gets top ranking, Isaac Asimov trophy
Team 208 composed of Middle School students Steffi De Chavez, Zoie Irasusta, and Maia Punzalan ranked First Place overall in the Skittles Division. Punzalan was awarded School Top Scholar, Top Scholar of the Southeast Asian region, and Top 1 overall Champion Scholar in the said division.
Irasusta was awarded the Isaac Asimov commemorative trophy for achieving the highest total score of all six Scholar’s Challenge subjects of Literature, Social Studies, History, Art, Music, and Special Area. The team was also awarded gold medals and trophies for being the number one Debate Team and the second top Challenge Team. The team of Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, and Marie Anne Eloiza Beriña, on the other hand, ranked first place among the Challenge Teams and 9th place overall. Cecilia was also the second place scholar of the region.
Meanwhile in the Junior Jerries Division, Team 736 of Middle School students Niesha Camacho, Monnica Carbonilla, and Alyssa Salazar won fourth place in the Scholar’s Bowl and Audrey Jamito was named School Top Scholar. The Middle School delegation is composed of 3 Skittles Division teams (12-and-under) and 4 Junior Jerries Division teams (13-14 year-olds) that brought home a total of 46 silver medals, 96 gold medals, and 13 trophies. Six of these teams qualified for the Tournament of Champions in Yale. The MS teams were coached by Mr. Emil Pandy and Ms. Patriluz Manongsong.
MCHS named Top 1 overall in debate
The High School students, on the other hand, brought home a total of 33 silver medals, 21 gold medals, and 3 trophies. The team of Lian Leonen-De Vela, Carmen Dolina, and Isabela Santos was awarded the top 1 overall Debate Team in the Senior Division (15 years and older). Leonen-De Vela was named both 12th Best Speaker overall for debate and School Top Scholar. Keithley Mirandilla was chosen from among the 1700 Senior Division delegates to participate in the Debate Showcase as part of the Negative Team. All 4 HS teams qualified in the Tournament of Champions in Yale. They were coached by Mr. Jean Daniel Victolero and Ms. Patrixia Nina Grey.
MC Nuvali bags gold
Also in the Senior Division are the two MC-Nuvali students Audrey Diaz and Ysabelle De La Paz, who participated with a third teammate from My UC School in Vietnam, Thi Thao Nguyen. Diaz won two gold medals for being School Top Scholar and one of the Writing Champions, while Dela Paz won silver medals in writing and collaborative writing. They are the first MC-Nuvali students to participate in an international academic competition. They were coached by Mr. Hezekiah Zaraspe.
The WSC Kuala Lumpur Global Round which was held from June 18 to 23, 2018 highlighted global connections with its theme, “An Entangled World”. Over 4000 students from around 418 schools of 38 countries participated in this largest Global Round ever. Aside from the academics, the students also engaged with other scholars in other events like the Scholar’s Scavenge in Sunway Lagoon, the Cultural Fair, and the Scholar’s Ball.
The event was a first for Miriam College in that the three units came together in one international academic competition. By Isabela Aguilar, Emil Pandy, Jean Daniel Victolero, and Hezekiah Zaraspe