Washington Future Problem Solvers from Walla Walla High School participated in the 2018 Washington Future Problem Solving Program State Bowl.
Adelaide Snow, Katie Harvey, Joshua Rose, Jacob Chlipala, Lily Berver, Thomas Kaminsky, Keeli McKern and Kati Wolcott completed three different problem booklets during the course of the year. Each booklet was evaluated and scored by specially trained evaluators. Teams within each of the three age divisions were invited to the State Bowl, held April 11-13 at Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood based upon their scores on this year’s topic of “Philanthrocapitalism.”
During the Global Issues Problem Solving state competition, Adelaide Snow, Katie Harvey, Joshua Rose and Jacob Chlipala teamed up to win the 3rd place state trophy. The same team also won 2nd place for their Presentation of Action Plan and were chosen to present at the closing ceremony to a crowd of over 500 people on April 13. Lily Berver, Thomas Kaminsky, Keeli McKern and Kati Wolcott won 3rd place for their Presentation of Action Plan, receiving the 3rd place plaque for their efforts and 7th place in the Global Issues Problem Solving competition.
These students are not only developing skills in creative problem solving and futures, but also in several other fundamental areas of education. The Walla Walla students are learning group interrelationship skills as they work as a team to find solutions to future problems; they develop skills of organization and coherence through both written and oral communication; and they develop higher level thinking skills that will help them deal with problems of global magnitude as well as those on a more personal decision-making level.
The top winners at the State Bowl go on to the International Conference, held this year at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, to compete against the best teams in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. Washington students have placed well at the international competition on a very consistent basis.