Quail Valley GT Academy twins on winning team at 2014 World Scholar’s Cup Competition
Congratulations to Quail Valley Middle School GT Academy students and twin brothers Brady and Colby Sanders, who competed and finished seventh at the 2014 World Scholar’s Cup competition, held June 24-27 in Singapore. The Sanders twins formed a team with Mustafa Shehzad from Dubai in the Debate division of the competition and ranked “Overall Top-Scoring American Junior Team” at the competition. Their strong finish earned them an invitation to the Tournament of Champions, which will be held at Yale University in the fall.
The World Scholar’s Cup is a celebration of learning that brings together many subjects (including science, history, literature, art/music and social studies) and challenges teams to work together. Students compete in Team Events (Team Debate, Scholar’s Bowl, Collaborative Writing and Scholar’s Challenge) and Community Events (Debate Showcase, Scholar’s Ball, Scholar’s Show and Scholar’s Scavenge). More than 2,400 top scholars, ages 10-18, representing 40 nations around the globe competed at this year’s event.
The Sanders brothers advanced to the World Scholar’s Cup after winning the Houston regional competition in May while teamed with Baines Middle School student, William Shein. (Shein was unable to compete in Singapore). The Sanders were among 1,255 individuals and 428 teams to compete at the junior level of the event and were 3-0 in their three team debates which focused on various topics relating to the competition theme, The World Within.
Individually, Brady Sanders was selected as one of six junior debaters to participate in the Debate Showcase, held on the final day of the World Scholar’s Cup. He formed a team with students from China and Japan. Debate topics included: Resolutions on Peer Pressure, Online Identities and Should Students be Allowed to Elect their School Principals. Brady’s individual performance earned him a silver medal as the world’s second best junior debater, the highest finish of any American junior or senior-level competitor at the Singapore World Scholar’s Cup.
To learn more about the World Scholar’s Cup, visit http://new.scholarscup.org/.
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