- A team from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Batangas won 19 medals for the Philippines in the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions
- It was held at the Yale University in the United States
- They tallied for a total of nine gold and 10 silver medals
Three Filipino students brought honor to the country after bagging 19 medals in a debate and literature championship in the United States.
A team from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Batangas composed of Yvette Frances Ortega, Kielle Imrei Tria, and Mark Joshua Noche, claimed nine gold medals and 10 silver medals in the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions held at the Yale University in Connecticut from November 8 to 13.
According to a report, the Philippine delegates’ victory was topped by a gold-medal win in the team Debate and a silver-medal finish in the Team Writing and Scholar’s bowl.
“Ang pinakagusto ko po siguro is the speaking po. I really love expressing my thoughts, to express myself and be able to convince other people know my side my perspective through my eyes,” Ortega, who won two gold and two silver medals for the country, said in an interview.
Tria, who finished the competition with six gold and five silver medals; and Noche, who had one gold and three silver medals, expressed their elation for competing in the United States and bringing honor to the country.
“Representing my country is really a pressure that’s for sure, but it’s really an honor to represent the country, not just the institution,” Tria said.
“Overwhelming. It is one one of the best feeling you could possibly have as a student especially my grade, Grade 10, junior high school, it’s one of the best experiences that every student should be able to experience,” Noche, for his part, expressed.
It was also reported that the students trained for two months under their mentor, Jamie Mendoza, who bared that it was the trio’s debut in the tournament. She attributed the team’s success to their determination in training and their participation in regional, global, and international level of the World Scholar’s Cup.
“It’s something so big and so grand that you would be immersed to different culture all over the world. I think the most amazing thing about this is you get to learn from experience not just from the books,” Mendoza said.
Around 2,700 world scholars from 61 countries worldwide joined the tournament, a report said.