Redlands College students qualify for Yale event in World Scholar's Cup

QUALIFIERS: Isla Souter, Delicia Walker and Noah Souter at the World Scholar's Cup Global Round in Sydney.
QUALIFIERS: Isla Souter, Delicia Walker and Noah Souter at the World Scholar's Cup Global Round in Sydney.

THREE Redlands College students scored an invitation to one of the USA's most prestigious colleges after winning a slew of medals at the World Scholar's Cup Global Round in Sydney.

The team - Delicia Walker, Isla Souter and Noah Souter - competed at the Cup in August where they performed well across the team challenge, scholar's bowl, team writing and debate categories.

A Redlands College spokeswoman said the curriculum required the students to have knowledge across diverse topics like the truth behind the Atacama skeleton, the history of teenagers, conformity and why batteries explode.

Competing among 2200 students from 352 schools from Afghanistan to Vietnam, students completed writing tasks and multiple choice tests, solved analytic questions and multimedia challenges and debated contentious topics.

It came after they competed in the Brisbane Regional Round earlier in the year.

In the Sydney round, the team won a silver medal in the debate and scholar's bowl events and gold in team writing.

Delicia won a gold medal in the literature challenge and picked up silver awards in writing, debate and the history and social studies challenges.

Noah took out gold in writing and silver in special area, art and music challenges, while Isla won gold in debating, writing and the science challenge and silver in champion scholar.

Their results earned them an invitation to compete in the Tournament of Champions at Yale University, Connecticut.

The theme for 2019 was A World on the Margins and areas tested included unsolved mysteries, social studies, history, science, literature and art and music.

Team member Noah said competing in the Global Round of the competition in Sydney had been an amazing experience.

"The atmosphere was incredible and we got to meet so many new people from different cultures," he said.

"We had time to explore the sights of Sydney such as The Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

"We also got to compete in many fun activities and won many medals. This was a great experience and one I'll never forget."