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2003-06-11 communities
JCMS Future Problem Solving Team 2nd in International Competition
Johnson County Middle School's FPS team finished second in the world, but first in America at the International Future Problem Solving Conference at the University of Connecticut, held June 5 - 8. The top five teams in this competition were first, Illawarra Grammar School, New Wales, Australia; second, Johnson County Middle School; third, Zionsville Middle School, Indiana; fourth, Clark Middle School, Georgia; and fifth Moscow Junior High School, Idaho. The team members consisting of Beth Slone, Jarrod Cole, Allison Dye, and Kristina Pescosolido garnered the second place international slot after solving an efficiency problem with the global satellite system by creating a virtual globalized grid which would allow the satellites to reroute signals in the case of a disaster or an emergency. After weeks of research on this topic, this team of problem solvers impressed the evaluators with their depth of knowledge and innovative thinking. Other team members who worked in preparing the team for their competition were Amie Sparks, Christine Burton, and Shawn Butcher. The team is coached by Pamela Burton. The future problem solving team from Porter Elementary finished internationally in the third place position. Team members consisted of Olivia Hopper, Paige Pelphrey, Samantha Shelton, Katie Williams and Jessica Shelton, alternate. This team's underlying problem also dealt with efficiency. However, their solution was a computer simulator which could generate scenarios for different situations concerning the world wide communication satellite system. Porter's FPS team also advanced to the second round in action plan presentation, where they finished sixth place in the world. This team is coached by Carolyn Hale.

Not only did the future problem solving teams from JCMS and Porter excel, individuals from the county were also recognized for their outstanding performances. Seventh grader Amie Sparks is a member of the international championship alternative team. Working with students from Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Florida, Amie's team developed a virtualkaizen room where interested parties from around the world could meet to resolve issues concerning the global satellite system.

Also finishing with awards was Keri Borden, ninth grader from Johnson Central High School. Keri's state championship scenario received an honorable mention at the International Conference. Her team event, where four students around the globe created a work of fiction concerning worldwide communication, finished third. Keri was second in the individual writing event.

Future Problem Solving in Johnson County has continued to perform successfully at the International Conference. Last year, the team from Johnson Central High School finished first in the world.

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