Seventy-two pupils made the journey up to Kuala Lumpur on the 2nd March, to take part in the regional round of the World Scholar’s Cup. Well over 500 scholars had gathered to put their academic mettle to the test in four different events: debating, essay writing, the Scholar’s Challenge, and the Scholar’s Bowl.
After all the academic events came to a close, Sunday afternoon focused on celebrating the achievements of the weekend. In the Debate Showcase, Agung Mann represented MCM by arguing against the motion that teenagers should spend one year experiencing life in poverty, and a panel of judges deemed his side the victors. In the talent show, Reilly Grose-Hodge and Millie Gummer performed a fantastic rendition of ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, and we had some excellent comedy from the Lower Sixth and Arjun Krishnan with the latter’s food-based puns a particular highlight.
We stormed the debating tournament, with 27 of our scholars coming in the top 100. We also dominated the top 10: seventh place for Jazzy Aspin, fifth for Morgan Davies,fourth for Eden Fall-Bailey, third for Joao Nina Matos, and Agung Mann took second. Agung’s team, which also included Sophia Ho and Wenjing Yap, also received the thirdplace trophy for the team debating event. The team of Nhu Nguyen, Daria Nekrasova, and Johnny Harrison took home another trophy for coming third place in the essay writing competition. We also had great success in the Scholar’s Challenge, in which Jonathan Yip came ninth, Eden Fall-Bailey seventh, Joao Nina Matos sixth, and Agung Mann third place.
Particular mention should go to several of our younger scholars, who were competing against pupils up to four years their senior. Jazzy Aspin came seventh in the debating competition, and the Shell team of Jazzy, Surya Singh and Dom Sullivan achieved twelfth place in the debating tournament and twenty-fifth in the essay competition. Joao Nina Matos was awarded the Top Scholar award as he was the highest-achieving MCM scholar across all four events, coming seventh in the overall competition. This is also particularly impressive given Joao is still only in Remove!
Well done to all the pupils for a fantastic weekend which showed MCM at its best. The future of WSC is clearly in safe hands.