Halley, TJHSST Students Excel at Future Problem Solvers Competition
Three teams from Fairfax County represented Virginia at the International Future Problem Solvers Competition at the University of Massachusetts. The competition challenges students from 14 countries to solve futuristic, global problems; this year's topic was de-extinction. The Writing competition gave students two hours to determine an underlying problem to an unknown scenario, brainstorm solutions, create criteria to evaluate their solutions, and develop an action plan based on the best solution. After that, students had three hours to create a script and props from a given set of materials to perform a four-minute skit for the Presentation of Action Plan competition. The junior division team members from Halley Elementary School—Hemali Ahmed, Ayla Bibbens, Nicole Patterson, and Jocelyn Tran—won first place at the state competition in both the Writing and Presentation of Action Plan. At international competition, the team made it to the final round of Presentation of Action Plans, finishing in the top 14 out of 55 junior teams. Middle division team members from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)—Esha Karlekar, Sudiksha Konanki, Hasita Nalluri, and Ashwitha Surabhi—won first place at the state competition in Writing. Senior division team members from TJHSST—Neha Kulshreshtha, Cathryn Li, Erin Li, and Zoe Lu—won third place at the state competition in Writing, and second place in the Presentation of Action Plans. At international competition, the team placed eighth in Writing out of 94 senior teams. Coaches Jennifer Weis and Nancy Glover prepped the team. Contact the Tran family at email@example.com.