Bahrain Regional Round
The fifth annual Bahrain Regional Round of the World Scholar’s Cup competition took place at St Christopher’s on 9 and 10 February. A record 520 students took part from schools across Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
The competition was compered by Chauncey Lo who managed to generate a great atmosphere of excitement. He was joined by the founder of the World Scholar’s Cup, Daniel Berdichevsky. After the introductions, the competition began in earnest with the debates and collaborative writing elements. The debate motions were great fun, but also contained some thought-provoking ideas about social media, memory and friendship. The collaborative writing allowed students to choose their essay theme from a diverse set of 6 statements, including considering black markets and literature. The appropriately named ‘Scholar’s Challenge’ completed the first day competitions.
On Saturday morning, we moved to the Junior School Hall for the Scholar’s Bowl, a multimedia competition in which each team has to select answers in a short period of time. In the afternoon, the best debaters were selected for a public ‘Debate Showcase’ which generated a lot of interest as the motion was that teenagers would make good diplomats. Each student also received their own fluffy alpaca, the mascot of the World Scholar’s Cup. Volunteers put themselves forward for an eclectic Scholar’s Talent Show.
The finale of our event was the prize ceremony. St Christopher’s teams fared extremely well, qualifying for the Global Round of the competition, to be held in June in Kuala Lumpur. Fernanda Amaral (2nd in the Junior Division) and Partiv Saha (1st in the Senior Division) were the best placed individuals.