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Nisswa, Forestview Future Problem Solving students advance to state

The Nisswa Future Problem Solvers Team consists of, from left: Tristan Rollins, Fern French, Callista Anderson, Ava Capelle, Matt Simpson and Owen Byrns. Submitted Photo1 / 5
Matt Simpson, Nisswa, is in costume for the performance competition. Submitted Photo2 / 5
Forestview Middle School and Nisswa Elementary Future Problem Solvers are, back row from left: Reese Glynn, Lindsey Neifert, Scarlett Anderson, Keaton Lingenfelter Sam Simpson, Vanessa Anderson, Kieran Bihler, Josh Anderson, Jon Gakin, Drew Cline and Chris Low. Front row: Lily Nickel, Hannah Kurtzman, Tristan Rollins, Izaac Vanek, Fern French, Callista Anderson, Ava Capelle, Matt Simpson and Owen Byrns. Submitted Photo3 / 5
Forestview sixth-graders Keaton Lingenfelter, Sam Simpson, Vanessa Anderson and Scarlett Anderson are in costum for their performance competition. Submitted Photo4 / 5
Forestview Middle School Future Problem Solvers are, third row from left: Chris Low, Vanessa Anderson, Keaton Lingenfelter and Sam Simpson. Second row: Reece Glynn, Kieran Bihler, Jon Gakin, Drew Cline, Josh Anderson, Lindsey Neifert and Scarlett Anderson. First row: Lily Nickel and Hannah Kurtzman. Submitted Photo5 / 5

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.

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