Future Problem Solving students compete internationally
Several area students placed among the best in the world at the Future Problem Solving International Competition held June 5-9 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Only the top 3 percent of problem solvers internationally earn the opportunity to attend this competition. The topic addressed by students at the event was “The Global Status of Women.”
The middle division (grades seven through nine) team of Jonathan Cain, son of Michelle and Terry Cain; James Lamansky, son of Anne and Dan Lamansky; Kirsten Nus, daughter of Nancy and Paul Nus, and Nicole Snyder, daughter of Michelle and Jamie Snyder placed ninth.
Anna Berhow, daughter of Jodi and Mark Berhow, competed as an individual problem solver in the senior division and placed seventh internationally.
In the oral presentation of the action plan portion of the competition, the senior division team of Ben Ferreira, son of Cheryl and Colin Ferreira; Stephen Nus, son of Nancy and Paul Nus; Ben Snyder, son of Michelle and Jamie Snyder, and Megan Winborn, daughter of Pat and Andy Winborn placed fifth. Anna Berhow joined the team for its presentation.
Future Problem Solving also honored international winners in the scenario writing competition completed earlier. Nate Lamansky, son of Anne and Dan Lamansky, placed fifth for his junior division futuristic story called “Friend or Foe?”
The students representing Iowa at this academic competition are home-schooled and coached by Paula Moore.