The World Scholar's Cup
- A Contemporary Intellectual Armageddon
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The World Scholar's Cup, Dubai Regional Round II was held from 31st May to 1st June at Deira International School and American University of Dubai. It was the largest regional round ever hosted by the World Scholars Cup. The annual theme for 2013 was "A world in motion", emphasising the massive impact of the process of globalisation on various human endeavours.

Nearly 350 young scholars from schools across the region arrived to participate in the globally recognized championship. Diversity in culture and curriculum was observed as teams from Indian and International schools competed against each to other for the trophy.

It is an international team academic tournament with students participating from over 40 countries. The competition was founded by DemiDec, in particular by Daniel Berdichevsky, DemiDec's president, in 2006. The World Scholar's Cup has attracted what it calls "a global community of future scholars and leaders", and promotes that it allows participants to "discover strengths and skills you never knew you had." However, despite technically being a competition, The World Scholar's Cup focuses far more on bringing students from different cultures together to discuss issues and ideas relevant to today and the future.

The World Scholar's Cup consists of four main events: The Scholar's Challenge, Collaborative Writing, The Team Debate, and The Scholar's Bowl. In addition to these four events, many more events have come to join the tournament. These events are both social and academic, and strive to solidify the community aspect of the World Scholar's Cup.

A ubiquitous symbol of the World Scholar's Cup is that of the alpaca, their official logo. At competitions, students receive their own alpacas from staff members. These alpacas may come in the form of finger puppets, stuffed toys, and sometimes dolls made with real alpaca fur. Different types of alpacas are showcased in the World Scholar's Cup. They range from the Japanese alpaca, Totoro, to several collector versions.

The Team Debate, Collaborative Writing and Scholar's Challenge were held on 31st May at the Deira International School. The flags in the picture represent the participating nations in the World Scholars Cup.

The highlight of the second day of the World Scholars Cup was the Scholar's Bowl- a modern version of the traditional quiz show. Each team was given a clicker through which they had to choose the correct option and at the end of the day both the halftime champions as well as the overall champions of this event were a team from the Indian High School.

Students from different countries participated in the event including a team who had come all the way from Sri-Lanka.

The Repton School emerged victorious as the overall champions of the World Scholar's Cup. The Indian High School secured many medals in almost every event. All teams from the Indian High School have qualified for the Global to be held for the first time in Dubai.
- Photographed and written by Annalie Gracias, member of the Editorial Board and Pooja Baburaj, Special Contributor for Light House.