Tom Baines School Wins Big at Tournament of Champions

Dec. 10, 2018

Greg, Brandon and ShiRen proudly display all of their medals.

​It all began last Spring, when Greg, Brendon, and ShiRen, current Grade 9 students from Tom Baines School, competed in the World Scholar’s Cup in Calgary, an international competition inspiring a global community of future scholars and leaders. World Scholar’s Cup required participants to compete in four major categories: Debate, Scholar’s Bowl (analytic questions), Collaborative Writing and Scholar’s Challenge (multiple choice). The theme was “An Entangled World” and the subject areas to prepare for included history, social studies, science, art, music, literature and anthropology.

Greg, Brendon and ShiRen filled a trophy case with their victories and were excited to learn that they qualified for the Global Rounds in Kuala Lumpur. Travelling across the globe last June, the team of three represented Canada and required an extra suitcase to bring back all of their medals and trophies. Next the team qualified for the Tournament of Champions at Yale University.

Greg, Brendon and ShiRen travelled to Yale University in mid November. It was an experience of a lifetime. Nearly 2,300 scholars from 58 countries came together in New Haven. Tom Baines’ School Council generously sponsored our competitors and they set up a Canadian booth within the International Pavilion. The competition was invigorating and our team was inspired by the Woolsey ceiling and the classrooms of Yale.

Winning nine medals in various subject areas, Greg, ShiRen, and Brendon proudly represented both the CBE and Tom Baines School at the Tournament of Champions. We are very proud of you and are excited for this year’s World Scholar’s Cup.