Scholar's Cup Taiwan National Finals Results!

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2008

Hsinchu, Taiwan - Eight teams of middle school students from throughout Taiwan gathered this weekend at Hsinchu International School to compete at Taiwan’s first World Scholar’s Cup national finals.

Teams from Morrison Academy in Kaohsiung swept the top three spots in the competition, with teams from the Dominican School and Grace Christian Academy of Taipei placing fourth and fifth respectively.

All five of the top teams earned berths at the World Finals, which will be held at the YBM English Village in Seoul, South Korea, May 31-June 1. They will compete there against teams from Australia, the United States, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and India.

A high school team from Hsinchu International School will also represent Taiwan at the Southeast Asian Finals in Singapore next weekend. The Southeast Asian Finals will be hosted at the Anglo-Chinese School, with teams staying at the Golden Orientus Resort.

Julieanna Niu was the overall individual high scorer in Taiwan, with 8,575 out of a possible 10,000 points. The winning team from Morrison scored 17,375, outpacing the runners-up by more than 2,500 points.

In the World Scholar's Cup, three-person teams compete in four events at national and regional meets to qualify for the World Finals. Students write essays, debate topics related to the curriculum, take a challenging multiple choice exam, and work together to answer questions in a public Scholar’s Quiz.

The World Scholar’s Cup curriculum centers on a different theme each year. The 2007-2008 theme is the Frontier. Middle school competitors studied astronomy and space exploration, the art and film of the frontier, a history of explorers, and the literature of the frontier. The high school competition also included economics and math.

Founded in 2006, the World Scholar's Cup is not about specialization in a single subject; it is about teamwork, thinking on your feet, and a willingness to learn new things. Participants have the opportunity to win both individual and team awards, to bolster their extracurricular records for college and university admissions, and to explore new subjects and skills. But most importantly, they can forge new contacts around the world and benefit from a unique team-based learning opportunity.

“Thanks to such gracious hosts at the Hsinchu International School and the fierce competitive spirits of all the teams that participated, our first competition here in Taiwan was a great success,” stated Ross Otto, a Scholar’s Cup competition director from the United States. “We look forward to returning next year with even more students involved.”