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Dawson High School, PJH West and Rogers Middle School students bound for Future Problem Solving International

       Dawson High School, Pearland Junior High West and Rogers Middle School will represent Texas at the 2022 Future Problem Solving Program International Conference to be held June 8-12 in Amherst, Massachusetts. At the Texas State Bowl, DHS took the top two spots in Community Problem Solving as well as two of the top three spots in Global Issue Problem Solving (GIPS). PJH West’s Kara Li won the Individual GIPS competition and Rogers won the GIPS junior team division.

       Pearland Junior High East, Alexander Middle School and Sablatura Middle School also qualified and competed in the FPS State Bowl, taking home several awards.

       The DHS, PJH West and Rogers students advancing to the International level of the contest will compete against more than 2,200 students from around the globe, participating in problem-solving around this year’s theme, “Antibiotic Resistance.”

       Students advancing to the international competition this year include. . . .

       Dawson High School

  • Senior Grand Champions in Community Problem Solving (and also Best CmPS Display): Cordelia Li, Aruna Muthupillai, Allen Jiang, Bidisha Halder, Shaili Shouche, Jasmine Wong, Jayden Lu, Michael Pasala, Melissa Tariq-Rodriguez, Julia Wu, Mihir Kalvakaalva, Bryan Li, Rishabh Dave, Enjia Wang
  • 1st Place, Senior Division Community Problem Solving: Annie Vu, Carolyn Hoang, Catherine Bai, Harrison Zhu, Mai Nguyen
  • 2nd Place, Senior Division Team Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS): Thomas Liang, Jasmine Wong, Jayden Lu, Jalen Nguyen
  • 3rd Place, Senior Division Team GIPS: Enjia Wang, Raina Zhang, Jorryn Li, Stephen Mao

       Pearland Junior High West

  • 1st Place, Middle Division Individual Global Issue Problem Solving: Kara Li

       Rogers Middle School

  • 1st Place, Junior Division Team GIPS: Caroline Mao, Enya Zhou, Nidhi Thirunagari, Shreya Vaithianathan

       Although not advancing to the international competition, the following students also won awards at the State Bowl . . .

       Dawson High School

  • 4th Place, Middle Division Individual GIPS: Bowen Xie
  • Semifinalists, Senior Division Team GIPS: Annie Vu, Catherine Bai, Harrison Zhu, Mai Nguyen
  • Semifinalists, Middle Division Team GIPS: Irene Shi, Jerry Zhang, Marc Lu, Taylor Chan

       Pearland Junior High West

  • 1st Place, Middle Alternate GIPS Team: Roy Wang, Vedant Yadav
  • 2nd Place, Middle Alternate GIPS Team: Nyssa Williams

       Alexander Middle School

  • Semifinalists, Novice Division Team GIPS: Gabrielle Alexander, Kelsie Andrews, Alexis Cesari, Charlotte Bonner
  • 1st Place, Junior Alternate GIPS Team: Kaylee Silva
  • 2nd Place, Junior Alternate GIPS Team: Olivia Durham
  • 3rd Place, Junior Alternate GIPS Team: Hannah Carr
  • 2nd Place, Novice Presentation of Action Plan: Cody Conway, Jacob Frerking, Jackson Millman, Emerson Johnston

       Sablatura Middle School

  • 2nd place, Novice Division Team GIPS: Elizabeth Cline, Saanvi Thakre, Hannah Zhang, Helen Zhou
  • Semifinalists, Junior Division Team GIPS: Leah Hong, Jenny Huang, Emerson Li, Nathan Li
  • 1st Place, Novice Presentation of Action Plan: Elizabeth Cline, Saanvi Thakre, Hannah Zhang, Helen Zhou, Michelle Buettel

       Future Problem Solving coaches include DHS’s Angela Ruth, PJH West’s Lisa Shapiro, PJH East’s Elizabeth Myers, Rogers’ Lynda Ketterer, Sablatura’s Cassandra Maldonado and Alex Serrano and Alexander’s Elesha Alexander.

       The FPS State Bowl topic this year was “Mining.” In addition to developing a solid grasp of the topic, students used their research to predict future issues and solutions related to it.

       FPS stimulates critical and creative thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills while preparing students for leadership. Each year, thousands of students compete from the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey and more, learning to work with others and designing positive futures.