Not your grandfather’s Debate Finals. At most debate tournaments, the top two teams face off in a high-stakes final round—while most everyone else goes home. Not so at the World Scholar’s Cup.
Instead, we select the top speakers from each delegation and form new mixed teams. These already strong speakers face a brand new challenge: working with brand new teammates.
These all-star teams lead the whole community in debating and discussing a tough new motion, such as Resolved: That students should be allowed to take medication to improve their World Scholar’s Cup scores.
Afterwards, while a panel of nominated peers determines the winning side, members of the audience, students and adults alike, can volunteer to join the conversation, perhaps supporting their teammates on stage. Or defying them.
Bring your dresses and your tuxes, but leave the limos at home. Then dance the night away with fellow scholars from over forty other countries. Plus, there’s ice cream. And balloons. And a few chess boards, just in case.
We hold a Scholar’s Ball at every Global Round and select regional rounds.
The talent show is completely optional—just a chance for you to share something with the Scholar’s Cup community, even if you’re not an experienced performer. Whether it’s a student from Singapore pretending to be President Obama, or the team from Sofia introducing us to traditional Bulgarian dance, every single performance is unique. (Unless you’re singing Let it Go, but then at least the audience sings along.)
New teammates: twelve. Facebook photos: thousands.
On the first night of the Global Round, you’ll be teamed up with 11 fellow scholars from 11 other countries to undertake a series of quirky challenges. You may have to play Quidditch in the mall, or persuade your coach to jump into a recycling bin. You’ll do all this while exploring a new city together. It’s a great chance to make new friends from around the world—and a lot less awkward than a welcome dance. Even when you’re hanging upside down from a tree.