Future Problem Solving champs are washing their way to the International finals

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Local State Champions of the Future Problem Solving (FPS) program are dealing with a financial challenge with a proven solution, hard work and community support. Their financial challenge is raising enough money for the team to travel to the International FPS Conference this summer at the University of Connecticut in Storrs Conn.

The team is made up of 12 local winners who won at the statewide FPS competition earlier this year. Members range from 7th graders at Soldotna Middle School, Sarah Shoemaker and Lydia Ames, who won the team championship, to the Individual winner, Riley Kent, a junior at Soldotna High School, and Kaitlin Vadla, a SoHi sophomore who was the Scenario winner. "I've been doing FPS since 4th grade and it offers you a really great opportunity to use your creative writing skills as well as thinking about the future and researching futuristic topics and then combining those challenges with your own ideas and putting them to use," said Kent who added that the over all experience has changed the way she thinks and is able to analyze everyday situations and problems.


FPS State Scenario champion Kaitlin Vadla, and Soldotna Middle School Quest teacher, Kristin Cannava, washed cars last week to help their team earn funds to attend the FPS International competition this summer in Conn.

The FPS program use to have funds available to cover expenses for winners to compete at the International level, but with the present budget constraints, this year's local winners are faced with the real world challenge of raising approximately $1,500 per member in order to attend the competitions in Connecticut this June. Last week under sunny spring skies the team, assisted by parents and Quest teachers, raised some $900 at a car wash at the God Father's Pizza in Soldotna. They have also been actively collecting items for rummage sales in the area to raise funds.

The next sale will be held over Memorial Day weekend May 24th, and 25th all day at the Peninsula Mall in Soldotna. Donations may be dropped off at the mall or by calling Cindy Romberg at 262-5504. Romberg is coordinating the fund raising effort for the FPS team. Some of the team members are also certified "Safe Sitters," and first aid trained, so they are looking for baby sitting opportunities as well as odd jobs to help with the fund raising effort. Anyone interested in acquiring such services from the Future Problem Solvers may call 260-2527.

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