More than 60 District students qualified for the 36th annual Wisconsin Future Problem Solving State Bowl in Green Lake from April 14-16.
In all, more than 300 students from fourth through 12th grade will compete at state. Working in teams of four or as individuals, students will analyze the challenges and develop solution ideas for a situation set in a fictional future and related to the global topic of the global workplace.
The District students who qualified for the State Bowl are:
Glacier Creek: Julia Zhang, Sydney Yosick, Lauren Poehling, Vashima Ahuja, Poojha Prabaharasundar, Salma Gad, Krista Lederer, Kate Ravenscroft, Sadie Symonds, Katy Bouril. Alex Seaborg, Abby Gessler and Varun Gupta
Kromrey: Amalia Mormer, Christie Munson, Daphne Wu, Avery Smith, Claire McLellan, Iliana Aviles, Claire Jarugumilli , Evelyn Anderson, Joshua Chen, William Boettinger, Reed Madden, Maddie Goscha, Skye Trowbridge, Gus Balasubramaniam, Naiya Rajpal, Sarah Healy, Maeve Gonter, Egan Johnson, Casey Hogeman, Abby Evans, Faranak Hematti, Akshita Pattnaik, Alex Ashley, Amelia Mackey, Ava Clark, Clare Weigert, Ava Foelker, Maylynn Hu, Andrew Kruck, Katie Frye, Jack Ohly, Syd Smith, Elena Sacchetti, Ella Roach, Natasha Kinne, David Jiang, Ivan Cermak, Abby Zumbrunnen, Lexi Spevacek, Nikki Yu and scenario writing finalists Julia Compton and Adam Hanson.
Middleton High School: Thorne Powers, Kirstin Yu, Blake Gallay, Athena Olszewski, Noah Pollard, Jack Radar, Grace Chen, Leta Landucci, Nicholas Spevacek, Haiwen Dai, Balaji Veeramani, Taylor Zietz, Ashley Holahan, Margaret Patterson, Iris Ohlrogge and alternates Natalie Asmus, Charlotte Sue, Claire Buenfil and Olivia Shoemaker.
Global Issues Problem Solving, a component of the Future Problem Solving Program International, is a year-long educational program in which students learn a six-step problem-solving process and apply it to future situations in three practice topics they have researched. The practice topics this year were Disappearing Languages and Recovering from Natural Disaster.
The goals of the program are to encourage students to become more creative in their thinking, to develop richer images of the future, to increase their research skills, to learn cooperative teamwork skills, and to increase their written and verbal communication skills.
At the State Bowl, Global Issues Problem Solvers will brainstorm 16 challenges, an underlying problem, and 16 solutions for a future situation. They will also develop criteria to use in selecting the best solution, and write an action plan for implementing it. This written team effort is completed in a 2-hour time frame. In addition, students will plan and present 4-minute presentations to introduce their best solution action plan to an audience.
The Future Problem Solving Program involves students from 45 states and 11 countries. In Wisconsin, more than 190 teams from 20 school districts participated in this challenging program during the school year.
District FPS coaches this year include Laurie Genthe at MHS, Amy Galassi at Kromrey and Ruth Frawley at Kromrey and Glacier Creek.