Yale comes calling for these Chennai students

Chennai’s bright students win first place in Kuala Lumpur to make it to the final round of World Scholar’s Cup at Yale

June 29, 2018 03:58 pm | Updated 03:58 pm IST

Twenty-four Chennai students, all between 10 and 18 years af age, made their way to Kuala Lumpur this month, to engage in a clash of minds with students from across 40 countries at the global round of World Scholar’s Cup, 2018. The teams — trained by city-based A to Zee Creativity — have been making their mark at the competition for years now, but this time, they also managed to make Scholar’s Cup history.

“This is the first time that an Indian team has topped the global round,” says the children’s coach and A to Zee Creativity founder, Shaan Katari Libby. She informs us that one of her under-14 teams (called Jerries) — comprising Adam Libby, Sibhi Aravindan and Tejas Narayan — won the overall championship, in addition to being the top team in South Asia and getting the 1st place at the Scholar’s challenge.

The other competitors from Chennai were Aadi Sai, Advik Unni, Arun Viji, Ann Susan George, Tia Thadani, Zai Libby, Manasa Krishnan, Vikram Barretto (Sishya) and Vikram Noronha, to name a few. Each of them ranked within the top three among South Asian scholars at Kuala Lumpur, making their way through multiple rounds comprising debate, collaborative writing, written quiz and buzzer quiz.

A total of eight teams-of-three competed at the Kuala Lumpur round, and have made it to the final round to be held in Yale later this year. While this recent round saw 4,000 students battle it out, the Yale round is set to be much tougher.

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