The Trafalgar senior team of Grade 9 student Seyjii Schultz, and Grade 11 students Gabriella Martucci and Cecelia Lopez placed an impressive 2nd overall at the World Scholar's Cup event. Over 100 students from the Montreal area attended the two-day event on January 20 and 21. They were awarded 3rd place debate team, 2nd place persuasive writing team and 1st place team in the Scholar's Bowl. Grade 9 student, Seyjii Schultz won the top place individual prize for writing in the senior division.
It is the second year that the cup has come to Canada and the first year that Trafalgar has participated. Five Traf teams of 3 participated (1 junior team and 4 senior teams, representing all grade levels). Competitors had only two weeks to cover an extensive curriculum under the theme of "An Unlikely World". The students were asked to be familiar with concepts and events in five broad subject areas (Science and Technology, History, Literature, Art & Music, and Social Studies). The syllabus included everything from Google X "moonshots" to the poetry of Pablo Neruda, the concept of "Black Swan" events, to the plot of the film Back to the Future.
Teachers Amy Allison and Rachel McCabe coached the students who met daily at lunch and after school to master the curriculum, practice debates, and support each other in their understanding of the topics at the competition.
Trafalgar's winning team has qualified to compete in one of three Global Rounds to be held in the summer of 2017 and may choose to compete in either: Athens, Greece; Hanoi, Vietnam; or Cape Town, South Africa. Incredibly, Trafalgar's other four teams also scored high enough to qualify for the Global Round as wild cards teams!
If teams place well at the Global Round, they are invited to compete at the tournament of champions at Yale University in the fall of 2017.