A trio of Year 9 students headed to Sydney in August after winning the regional round of the World Scholar’s Cup.
Olive Aldridge, Manon Petit and Amy Lin made the Sydney Global Round of the competition after entering the regional event on a whim, just weeks before it took place.
The World Scholar’s Cup is a global celebration of learning and leadership that sees students from around the world take part in competitive events in teams of three. Teams compete in various activities including debating, creative writing and answering multi-choice questions on a range of topics.
Queen Margaret College entered four teams this year, with many individual and team successes.
Manon, Amy and Olive took out first place in the junior division. Manon was awarded Top Debater and second place overall in the competition.
Manon described the World Scholar’s Cup as a “casual academic competition where people don’t take each other seriously”.
“It’s organised in a fun way and is described as a competitive community,” Manon says.
“I got an email from Ms Kitiona with a list of opportunities, and I thought this one sounded cool. I was the only one from my year who responded, so Ms Kitiona suggested I ask my friends.”
“We signed up for regionals at the last minute, so it was surprising to win the competition. None of us even got up to get our award at first,” Olive adds.
After winning the regional competition, Amy, Manon and Olive headed to the five-day global round in Sydney where they eventually came 52nd out of 530 teams.
Highlights of the event were meeting other young people from around the world and discovering new things about themselves.
“In the junior division at regionals, there were 30 kids, while at the global, there were 3,000 so it was 100 times bigger,” Manon says.
“You meet so many people who lead such different lives and think differently from you.
“Because we were fundraising, even the journey of getting to the global round was fun. I walked dogs and cleaned cars, and these were good experiences to have.”
“I can be a bit of an introvert, and the others dragged me to the World Scholar’s Cup Ball,” Amy says.
“I didn’t even want to go, but I ended up having the most fun out of everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert, it’s all about having fun and you end up enjoying things you think you won’t,” Amy adds.
The trio would recommend the World Scholar’s Cup to others at Queen Margaret College in a flash.
“It would be fun to do with more QMC kids so we all have stories to tell and memories to share,” Amy says.
“Everyone should participate. I felt nervous before the regionals round, but after taking part, I felt really comfortable with all the other people,” Olive says.
“Being at these events makes you realise you aren’t alone. You meet incredible people and everyone goes out of their way to make you feel included,” Manon adds.