Students take their smarts global

Sacred Heart College hosted the Perth round of the World Scholar’s Cup, submitting 21 teams.
Sacred Heart College hosted the Perth round of the World Scholar’s Cup, submitting 21 teams.

THREE teams of students from Sacred Heart College are preparing to represent Australia in Beijing following a strong performance at the Perth round of the World Scholar’s Cup.

Held over two days, the Perth round saw 520 students from 23 schools compete at the Sorrento school, with the junior division for years 7-9 and senior division for years 10-12.

Competition involved writing, debating, a 120-question multiple choice test and the Scholar’s Bowl where every team uses a buzzer to answer questions before time runs out.

Year 7 student Josie Hicks received the junior trophy for top debater, while Year 10 student Tyler Williams won three individual trophies and topped the senior division in the 120-question multiple choice test, winning the prized Asimov Trophy.

“When I first entered the competition I did not know what I was going into, but by the time I competed I fell in love with how it engages students to learn, tests them about the material and all of the other little quirks that make it such an amazing extracurricular competition,” Mr Williams said.

All 21 teams from Sacred Heart College qualified for the global round in Beijing, with three teams electing to attend.

The nine students include Year 7s Chris Baker, Josie Hicks and Siobhan Quinn, Year 9s Alexandra Mennie and Ella West, and Year 10s Jack Bailey, Elizabeth Martin, Kai Schlegl and Tyler Williams.

They will compete against more than 5000 scholars from 50 different countries from June 21-26.