by Anne Das
Ipoh’s Seri Botani International School has proven its commitment to academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge on the global stage. This prestigious institution recently distinguished itself at the World Scholar’s Cup, an annual international academic competition that celebrates the joy of learning and academic achievements.
The World Scholar’s Cup is no ordinary contest. It is an international team academic program with more than 15,000 students participating from over 65 countries every year. Comprising four diverse events, including Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Challenge, and Scholar’s Bowl, this competition offers students a unique platform to showcase their intellectual prowess and analytical skills.
Each year revolves around a specific theme, and for 2023, the focus is on “Reconstructing The Past,” challenging participants to delve into historical mysteries and unlock the secrets of bygone eras.
Seri Botani International School’s participation began at the regional round held in Penang last April. A remarkable trio of Year 10 students represented the school with utmost dedication and brilliance, propelling themselves to qualify for the highly-coveted global rounds. The global rounds, hosted in ten different locations worldwide, will witness these remarkable young scholars vying for a spot in the prestigious final round at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, slated for November.
The road to success has been paved with hard work, determination, and unwavering support. Academic Advisor to the Scholar’s Cup Team, Raj Dronamraju, has worked with students at various levels of academic competition, and he is effusive in his praise for the Seri Botani team. “This is the most dedicated, driven, and hungry group of students I have ever had the privilege to work with,” he exclaimed proudly. The students’ relentless pursuit of excellence has not only brought glory to their school but also honoured the city of Ipoh, placing it on the global academic map.
Marissa Zi Yi Leong, the Team Captain, has been an inspiration to her peers and an epitome of excellence. Her exceptional performance as the overall high scorer in the Penang round is a testament to her passion for learning and the values embodied by the World Scholar’s Cup. “For me, it is not just the glory of winning but the enjoyment of learning that the World Scholar’s Cup embodies. This feeds our desire to compete as well,” Marissa shared with a radiant smile.
Seri Botani International School, established in 2020 under theTaiko Group of companies, has been committed to nurturing students through a holistic education for life. The school offers the renowned Cambridge curriculum, catering to students from early years through key stages 1 to 4, preparing them for future challenges and successes.
As the Seri Botani team gears up for the global rounds in Bangkok this August, they seek the community’s support to help them achieve their dreams if they move onwards to the final in November. Sponsorship for the event’s expenses will not only enable them to compete at their best but also make the entire community a part of this remarkable journey.
The achievements of these young scholars at the World Scholar’s Cup underscore the importance of fostering a love for learning, critical thinking, and teamwork among students. Their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to students everywhere, motivating them to pursue knowledge with passion and vigour.
As they embark on this exciting global adventure, let us rally behind the brilliant minds from Seri Botani International School, extending our support and encouragement. Together, we celebrate their achievements and recognize the transformative power of education in shaping a brighter future for us all.
For more information, collaboration, and sponsorship, please contact Coach Raj Dronamraju at (010) 269-4712.