Ridge Point High School’s Academic Decathlon Team Earns Top Honors at 2018 World Scholar’s Cup

Members of the RPHS Academic Decathlon Team, from l-r, are Coach Craig Sanders, Brady Sanders, William Shein and Colby Sanders.

Brady Sanders carries the U.S. flag during closing ceremonies.

FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – The Academic Decathlon team from Ridge Point High School received numerous awards at the 2018 World Scholar’s Cup Global Championships. The team includes seniors Brady Sanders, Colby Sanders, William Shein and Coach Craig Sanders. The students were among more than 20,000 juniors and seniors from 75 nations to travel to Barcelona, Spain for the championship event. Collectively, the team earned five trophies and more than 30 medals.

 In the Team Division, RPHS earned three awards:

  • 3rd place, Team Debate
  • 9th place, Team Writing
  • 12th place, Team Challenge (which included multiple-choice tests in literature, art/music, science, social studies, history and a special area)

 The RPHS students also earned numerous awards in Individual Rounds:

  • Colby Sanders – 4th place, Debate and 36th in All-Around Debater (He was also one of eight global debaters to participate in the debate showcase.)
  • Brady Sanders – 6th place, Individual Writing and 16th in All-Around Debater (He also carried the U.S. flag during closing ceremonies.)
  • William Shein – 31st in All-Around Debater

 The World Scholar’s Cup also honored Coach Sanders as a 2018 Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year. He was one of four coaches recognized at the event, joining those from Canada, Israel and the Netherlands.

 Teams that compete at the World Scholar’s Cup are those that perform best at regional meets across the nation. The World Scholar’s Cup invites the top teams to represent their nation at the global championship meets. This year’s event theme was “An Entangled World.” Students competed in six subject areas, including Human Relationships, the History of Diplomacy, Braving the Distance, the Science of Memory, Black Markets and Voices of the Inseparable.

 To date, RPHS’s Academic Decathlon teams have won four of the past five Houston Regional Meets, with the current team winning in both 2017 and 2018.