Hamilton High School sophomore Paula Myatt finished first in her age division April 19-21 at the Wisconsin Future Problem Solvers State Bowl. More than 300 Wisconsin students, grades 4-12, participated in team and individual competitions in Green Lake. Myatt was the only student from Hamilton High School to participate at the state level this year. Her first-place finish among students in grades 10-12 has earned her a spot at the international conference to be held May 27-31 at Michigan State University.
To make it to the state competition, Myatt completed two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year. With the guidance of her coach, Hamilton High School communication arts teacher Misty Draeger, Myatt examined topics such as the Olympics, cyber conflict and space junk. During the two-hour booklet writing session for the state bowl, Myatt examined a futuristic scenario pertaining to a counterfeit economy and its effect on a national level, which in this case was “New Zimbabwe” in the year 2030.
In addition, Templeton Middle School tied for second place out of 30 teams at the middle level for its skit about the counterfeit economy. The skit was based on a two-hour academic competition. Members of the Templeton skit included seventh-graders Taylor Burns, Megan Hessler, Caitlin Kennedy, Brendan Schlaman, Bradley Schissel and sixth-grader Adam Klager. Templeton enrichment teacher Sherry Malmon coaches the team.
Future Problem Solving engages students in creative problem solving. Founded in 1974 by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future. Students experience the excitement of creative thinking and the thrill of resolving complex problems with unique solutions when they participate in Future Problem Solving.
Each year more than 2,000 students attend the FPS International Conference which features four days of stimulating competitive problem solving, cooperative educational seminars and social activities.