Nisswa, Forestview Future Problem Solving students advance to state

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The Forestview Middle School and Nisswa Elementary School Future Problem Solving teams swept the competition at the Regional Future Problem Solving contest Jan. 27 in St. Cloud, where the topic was philanthrocapitalism.

The Forestview and Nisswa FPS teams competed in the junior division for grades 4-6. They earned top awards in both the Presentation of Action Plan Competition (PAP) and the Global Issues Problem Solving Written Competition (GIPS). The top scoring teams in the GIPS Written Competition earned berths to the March 24 State FPS Competition at St. Cloud Apollo High School. All of the Forestview and Nisswa teams qualified for state.

Prior to the competition the teams spent weeks researching the topic and honing their thinking and writing skills.

The Forestview Middle School team of Scarlett Anderson, Vanessa Anderson, Keaton Lingenfelter and Sam Simpson took first in the GIPS written competition, second in the PAP competition and took the award for excellence in writing.

The Forestview team of Reese Glynn, Hannah Kurtzman, Lindsey Neifert, Lily Nickel and Izaac Vanek took second place in the GIPS written competition, first in the PAP competition and took the award for excellence in writing.

The Forestview team of Josh Anderson, Kieran Bihler, Drew Cline, Jon Gakin and Chris Low took fifth in the GIPS written competition, first in the PAP competition and took the award for excellence in writing.

The Nisswa Elementary School team of Callista Anderson, Owen Byrns, Ava Capelle, Fern French, Tristan Rollins and Matt Simpson took sixth in the GIPS written competition and second in the PAP competition.

Teams are coached by Sheila Johnston, a retired gifted education teacher and community volunteer.

For more information about the Future Problem Solving program, visit www.mnfpsp.org.