This year four sixth-graders from Tustumena Elementary school (Rachael Todd, Lindsey Wong, KelseyLynn Overway and Sage Hill) won first place in the state Future Problem Solving Competition held in late April. As a result they were invited to the International Competition that will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, June 9-13. We were told that the school district has no money available to help these future leaders represent Alaska and study and compete with some of the brightest, most creative people of their generation from all over the world. This years topic for FPSPI is: Green Living which is so important today. Only 3 percent of those participating in FPS competitions earn an invitation to this International Conference. These are the future leaders of Alaska and it doesn't seem right that the district sets money aside for sports trips, but not academic trips of this nature! These four students have worked hard to get to this point. They have studied the most current information, in depth on various topics. They had to think critically and creatively to try to solve possible problems our society may face in the futre. This is a tremendous accomplishment which required a great deal of hard work and commitment. This team only has a short time frame to come up with the funds needs for registration and travel and are seeking donations. I just wish the district had some money set aside to help these students! What message are we sending our children when sports competitions are held in higher priority than academic accomplishments?
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