Eight AJHS boys win 9 golds, 26 silvers from Senior Division of Yale’s World Scholar’s Cup; Abiera is ‘1st in School’

December 20, 2019

(L-R) Mykael Ramira, Anton Abiera, Rafael Bengzon, Arabella Resado, Johann Bernardo, Christian Tiamzon, James Manzano, Alize Madayag, Brennan Caber

Representing the Philippines, eight Ateneo de Manila Junior High School students- Anton Abiera (La Storta/10-Garnier), Rafael Bengzon (Montserrat/10-Mangin), Johann Bernardo (La Storta/10-Gelabert), Kent  Jamero (Cardoner/10-Briant), Christian Tiamzon (Cardoner/10-Briant), Brennan Caber (La Storta/10-Gelabert), James Manzano (La Storta/10 Gelabert), and Mykael Ramira (La Storta/10-Gelabert)- brought home a total of nine gold medals and 26 silver medals from the Senior Division of the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions (WSC TOC) held in Yale University’s New Haven, Connecticut campus from November 8 to 13, 2019. Of this medal haul, seven golds and 20 silvers were won in individual competitions while two golds and six silvers were won in the team competitions.

In the individual competitions, Anton Abiera won three golds, the first two for Social Studies and Debate. His third gold medal was for being “1st in school,” which recognizes him as the top-performing student from Ateneo de Manila Junior High School in the Senior Division. Abiera was also given a silver medal for Writing. Rafael Bengzon won two golds, one for Literature and another for writing. Johann Bernardo won one gold for Special Area and five silvers for Arts, Science, Challenge, Debate, and Writing. Abiera, Bengzon, and Bernardo competed as Team 726 in the team competitions and won another gold for Team Writing and two silvers for Team Challenge and Team Debate. 

(L-R) Johann Bernardo, Anton Abiera, and Rafael Bengzon

In the individual competitions, Kent Jamero won one gold for Special Area and two silvers for Challenge and Writing. Christian Tiamzon won seven silvers for Social Studies, History, Literature, Special Area, Challenge, Debate, and Writing. For the team competitions, Jamero and Tiamzon teamed up with Priya Picache of Assumption College as Team 727 and won another silver medal for the Team Bowl.

Christian Tiamzon (left) and Kent Jamero

In the individual competitions, Brennan Caber won two silvers for Arts and Debate, while James Manzano also won two silvers for Debate and Writing. For the team competitions, Caber and Manzano teamed up with Alize Madayag of Catholic Filipino Academy as Team 728 and won an additional gold medal for the Team Bowl, and two more silvers for Team Debate and Team Writing.     

(L-R) James Manzano, Alize Madayag, Brennan Caber
In the individual competitions, Mykael Ramira won a silver medal for Writing. For the team competitions, he teamed up with Ateneo Senior High School students Vince Hubilla and Arabella Resado as Team 729 and won another silver medal for Team Writing.
(L-R) Vince Hubilla, Arabella Resado, Mykael Ramira

The World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions consists of the Scholar's Challenge (a written exam on the subject areas of Science, Literature, History, Social Studies, Arts & Music, and Special Area), the Scholar's Bowl (a quiz bee on all six subjects), an on-the-spot Collaborative Essay Writing challenge, and three rounds of Team Debates. There are also social & cultural events like the Scholars' Scavenger Hunt, the Scholar’s Talent Show, the Scholar's Ball and the Cultural Fair, which gives scholars the opportunity to interact with students, coaches, and teachers from the 50+ participating countries.  Another event is the College Panel where students currently enrolled at Yale speak about their experiences on campus and reply to questions asked by the WSC TOC participants.   

All students participating in WSC are called “scholars” and are categorized into the Junior (below 15 years old) and Senior (15 years old and above) divisions.