Wells Shines in 2012 World Scholar’s Cup Tournaments

Wells students perform a traditional Thai dance at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Global Round

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With Wells International School entering its third year of participation in the World Scholar’s Cup, it had high hopes for the regional and global rounds, both held in Bangkok this year. The veteran Wells scholars did not disappoint, as one senior team was crowned the national champions at the regional round, held on April 28th at New International School of Thailand (NIST). Led by the new individual national champion, Akhil Shanishetti (Class of 2015) Daryl Ong and Gautham Giri successfully fended off stiff competition from other international schools–including NIST, Anglo Singapore and KIS–to lead all senior teams in total points. Not stopping there, they and the other Wells teams dominated the field, racking up an impressive number of team and individual awards:

  • Overall National Champions (Senior Teams): Akhil Shanishetti, Daryl Ong, Gautham Giri
  • Overall National Champion (Senior Individuals): Akhil Shanishetti
  • Scholar’s Challenge (Senior Teams): 1st
  • Scholar’s Challenge (Individuals): 1st
  • Debate (Senior Teams): 2nd, 3rd
  • Debate (Senior Individuals): 2nd, 3rd
  • Writing (Senior Teams): 3rd
  • Writing (Senior Individuals): 2nd
  • Scholar’s Bowl (Senior Teams): 1st
  • Scholar’s Bowl (Senior Individuals): Four 1st place, two 2nd place, one 3rd place
The Wells teams at the 2012 Global Round, accompanied by coach Mr. Mark Jacobsen

Yet the success of the Wells teams at the regional round came with the knowledge that much stiffer competition awaited at the global round, hosted at Bangkok Patana and the Bangkok Convention Center in CentralWorld. Dwarfing the previous two competitions in Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur–where the Wells competitors received numerous gold medals–the 2012 Global Round set a new record with over 1,000 participants from over a dozen countries, including the top-seeded team from the United States. In typical form, Wells made a mark not only in the awards received, but also the positive way in which it represented Thailand as the host country. Beginning with the flag march, in which defending national champion Akhil carried the Thai flag, the Wells students served as ambassadors for their nation, making new friends and even performing a traditional Thai dance for the closing ceremony.

Defending national champion of Thailand, Akhil Shanishetti, and tournament director Zac Ellington

When the competitive events began, however, the Wells teams came out in full force. Though the field was again dominated by the Singaporean teams, the struggle for the remaining prizes was fierce among the Thai participants, which included teams from Concordian, NIST, Bangkok Patana, Bromsgrove, KIS, Anglo Singapore and St. Andrews. Yet by the end of the final day, the students had again amassed several awards. Led the top scorers from the junior and senior teams, Ranuli Illankone and Akhil Shanishetti, Cathy Shang Kuan received a silver medal in literature in the Scholar’s Challenge, and Gautham Giri a bronze in science. Most impressive were the results from the veteran debaters. Out of over 150 senior teams, the team of Harjas Anandsongvit, Amira Lukens and Boan Shang Kuan netted fourth place overall, and Harjas became the 2012 debate champion, receiving the sole individual gold medal awarded in that event!

The 2012 World Scholar’s Cup debate champion, Harjas Anandsongvit, with tournament founder Daniel Berdichevsky

Over the past three years, the World Scholar’s Cup has grown exponentially, gaining a worldwide reputation as one of the premier academic competitions. Founder Daniel Berdichevsky–seeking to expand it further–collaborated with the U.S.-based Academic Decathlon this year to send the best students from both events to a Tournament of Champions, to be held at the prestigious Yale University in September, 2012. Based on their excellent performances at the global round, all three of the Wells senior teams–along with one from Anglo Singapore and one from KIS–have been selected to represent Thailand at Yale. [Ed. note: The WSC team contacted Wells on July 5th to inform us that a mistake had been made, and all three Wells teams had qualified. Wells will thus be fielding three of the five teams from Thailand!]  With a national championship and debate championship under their belts, the Wells scholars will undoubtedly do us proud once again. Good luck!

For full results of the 2012 Global Round of the World Scholar’s Cup and a list of participants for the Tournament of Champions, read the official announcement at the World Scholar’s Cup website.

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