World Scholar's Cup Approved by National Association of Secondary School Principals for its Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals has carefully studied the World Scholar's Cup program and decided to place it on an advisory list of extracurricular activities for students.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed the World Scholar's Cup (http://www.scholarscup.org) on the NASSP National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2010-2011.

"We're very grateful to the National Association," says Robert Pazornik, a member of the World Scholar's Cup Board of Directors, "It's an honor to see the work we do for students recognized as something of value to them."

Founded in 2007, the World Scholar's Cup is an international program in which teams of three students (ages 12-18) explore a new cutting-edge global theme each year—in 2010, A World Divided—then gather at regional and global tournaments in many different countries to take part in events such as a Team Debate and a quiz-show-style Scholar's Bowl. Unlike many academic competitions, the World Scholar's Cup emphasizes broad interdisciplinary learning; all students must explore both the social sciences, the hard sciences, and the humanities. The tournament demands them to work together as teams in real time and to learn valuable research, collaboration, and presentation skills.

As per the NASSP website: "The NASSP National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities provides information to assist principals, teachers, parents, and students in making decisions regarding participation in a wide variety of program opportunities."

The upcoming Global Round of the World Scholar's Cup in Shanghai (June 18-20, 2010) will bring together nearly 600 students from 30 countries.

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