Mirandilla, Tango and Tiamzon win Ateneo its first trophy in Yale’s World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions

December 19, 2019

(L-R) Sam Tango, Harry Tiamzon, and Kiel Mirandilla

A team composed of three Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) students won Ateneo de Manila its first ever trophy in the annual World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions (WSC TOC) held in Yale University. As Team 480, Harry Tiamzon (Cardoner/8-Azevedo), Sam Tango III (Pamplona/8-Pongracz) and Kiel Mirandilla (Pamplona/8-Pongracz) won the trophy for Team Writing in the Junior Division of the WSC TOC, which was held from November 8 to 13, 2019, in Yale University’s New Haven, Connecticut campus. This is the first trophy to be won by Ateneo de Manila students in the prestigious competition, which the school first joined in November 2017. In addition to the trophy, Team 480 also won two gold medals, the first for the Team Bowl and the second for being the 46th team overall in the Junior Division.

The three AJHS boys also performed superbly well in the individual competitions. Tiamzon won four individual golds, the first two for Debate and Writing. The two other golds were for ranking 65th overall in the Junior Division and for being the top-performing scholar/contestant from Ateneo de Manila Junior High School. He also won a silver medal for History. Tango won three golds (Science, Challenge, and Writing) and four silvers (Arts, Social Studies, History, and Literature), while Mirandilla won two golds (Special Area, Writing) and two silvers (Arts, Challenge).

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.