Kinross students in world academic final

Kinross College Year 8 student Noah Grainger-Love (14), Year 8 student Luke Blasdale (13) and Year 9 student Kezia Principe (14) are off to Yale University. Picture: David Baylis d495712
Kinross College Year 8 student Noah Grainger-Love (14), Year 8 student Luke Blasdale (13) and Year 9 student Kezia Principe (14) are off to Yale University. Picture: David Baylis d495712

THREE Kinross College students are about to jet off to the US to compete in the final of The World Scholar’s Cup at Yale University.

After competing in the Perth regional round of the academic competition, Noah Grainger-Love, Luke Blasdale and Kezia Principe qualified to attend one of six global rounds, with theirs held in Sydney in August.

Again, their outstanding achievements saw the trio qualify for the final stage – the Tournament of Champions – at the prestigious Connecticut college from November 8-13.

Kinross College head of English and The World Scholar’s Cup co-ordinator Jeanavieve Walia said the students had been training for the competition since November last year, including taking part in a debating club and a lot of preparation work and studying.

“We often get together in the Harry Potter reading room where we debate, study, look at different topics and have a lot of discussions,” Ms Walia said.

“It’s not just pen and paper, it’s about the bigger picture, critical thinking and understanding in context.

“It’s a celebration of learning.”

She said the students were “very excited” to be competing internationally, as well as spending time in New York and Boston.

They are among the highest scoring of nearly 50,000 students who competed in the 148 regional events in more than 75 countries.

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