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Flagler Students From 6 Schools Collect 62 Awards at State Future Problem Solvers Competition

| March 30, 2015

Grand Champions: 'Don’t Stress, You’ll Beat that Test,' won grand champion.  The project focused on helping students practice skills necessary for test-taking success.   Members of the team are Brian Cote, Valerie Diaz, Sharon Gardner, Dallas Nickels, Daniella Sbordone, and Chase Smith. (Gretchen Smith)

Grand Champions: ‘Don’t Stress, You’ll Beat that Test,’ won grand champion. The project focused on helping students practice skills necessary for test-taking success. Members of the team are Brian Cote, Valerie Diaz, Sharon Gardner, Dallas Nickels, Daniella Sbordone, and Chase Smith. (Gretchen Smith)

A total of 62 awards were presented in individual and team competitions to Flagler County students at the 2015 Future Problem Solvers State Competition in Orlando on March 19. Out of these 62 category winners, 16 International Conference invitations were announced. In all, 35 students have been invited to the competition’s International Conference this summer in Ames, Iowa.

In addition to the 16 invitations, Flagler students received three Grand Champion awards, two state and one international scholarship.

Don;t just cheer: support the Problem Solvers financially so they can travel and compete. Visit their Facebook page and pledge:  https://www.facebook.com/FPSPofFlaglerCounty

The following is a list of winners in each category. The list was compiled by School Board member Andy Dance, who accompanied the teams to Orlando and chronicled the successes at his website.

State FPS Scholarship Recipients:

Will DeAugustino (FPC) and Autumn Sanson (FPC)

International FPS Scholarship Recipient:

Dennis Dineen (FPC)

Community Problem Solving/Individual Project

Senior Division:

1st Place and International Competition Invitee:

Sense It – Daniel Thomas (FPC)

2nd Place and International Competition Invitee

“The heART” Project – Sierra Biggs (FPC)

Community Problem Solving/Individual Project

Middle Division:

1st Place and International Competition Invitee:

Screen Escape – Michael Pierre (BTMS)

2nd Place and International Competition Invitee:

Not For Self, But For Country – Isabel Petrin (ITMS)

Community Problem Solving/Team Project

Senior Division:

2nd Place and International Competition Invitee

Let’s Get Drown to Business – (FPC: Ashley Robshaw, Brielle Goldberg, Ethan

Christensen)

3rd Place:

Ready Front – (FPC: Elizabeth Morris, Thomas Cassidy, Nathan Higgins, Jaia

Huggins, Bella Del Greco, Alexa White)

Middle Division:

1st Place:

Fantastic Future for You! – (BTMS: Mariann Trecki, Amy Raleigh, Sarah Main, Ellis Valladares, Gianna LaBarbera, Madi Bitner)

Grand Champion and International Competition Invitee:

Don’t Stress, Beat That Test – (BTMS: Dallas Nickels, Valerie Diaz, Daniella Sbordone, Chase Smith, Brian Cote, Sharron Gardner)

Grand Champion and International Competition Invitee:

Project K.E.T.C.H. – (MHS: Delaney Booth & Maggie O’Mahoney)

Community Problem Solving/Team Project (Cont.)

Junior Division: Education & Civic Concerns

1st Place and International Competition Invitee:

ESOL8 – (RES: Yana Goldshteyn, Shannon Golmayo, Emma Brito, Rovina Seetaram, Serena Daley, Bridgett Dubena, Nicole Gannett)

Junior Division: Health & Environmental Concerns

1st Place:

SAFARIS – Science and Fitness at Rymfire is Sensational – (RES: Landon Gonzalez, Timothy King II, Nicholas Blumengarten, Gerry Mock, Victoria Wilcox, Levi McNally, Aaron Cope)

Junior Division: Human Concerns

1st Place:

Food for Friends – (BES: Kyleigh Ruddy, Isabel Colindres, Madelyn Oliva, Julia Figluzzi)

2nd Place:

Memory Lane – (BES: Kenny Logan, Hannah Butler, Margaret D’Elia, Michael Mwaura, Dorian Gaddy)

Grand Champion and International Competition Invitee:

NEW (New Students Everywhere Welcomed) – (RES: Jada Williams, Hunter Becker, Chase Hearn, Taylor Carroll, Nathaniel Gasparini)

Global Issues Booklet Writing:

Junior Division:

5th Place:

BES Team B – (Kyleigh Ruddy, Polina Sokolova, Rebecca Martinez, Kaylee Chapman)

3rd Place:

BES Team A – (Brionna Johnston, Ava Grundvig, Patricia Blackburn, Joseph Goddard)

Middle Division:

6th Place:

FPC Team C – (Trey Deleon, Mia Scarcella, Andrew Secunda, Zach Verdi)

Global Issues Booklet Writing Teams (Cont.):

Senior Division:

4th Place and invitation to International Competition:

FPC Team A – (Agata Bereznicka, Barrett Manfre, Marianna Sbordone, Anna Skudarnova)

Global Issues Skits:

Middle Division:

4th Place:

FPC Team C – (Trey Deleon, Mia Scarcella, Andrew Secunda, Zach Verdi, Aaron Carll, Daniel Yeveseyevich, Kareena Weber)

Senior Division:

5th Place:

FPC Team E – (Johnathan Cooper, Jake Ekberg, Mikhail Vassilyev, Mark Zevallos, Cole Orlando)

6th Place:

FPC Team C – (Chloe Carll, Celestine Emberton. Justyn Perry, Kya Stotler, Austin Smith, Caitlin Burns, Ashly Wintersmith)

Individual Global Issues Writing

Junior Division:

3rd place and International Competition Invitee: Isabella Colindres (BES)

Middle Division:

5th Place: Zaria George (FPC)

6th Place: Liam Dineen (FPC)

Senior Division:

1st Place and invitation to International Competition: Savannah Umpenhour (FPC)

3rd Place and invitation to International Competition: Lauren Perrotta (FPC)

4th Place: Isabel Voskoboynik (FPC)

5th Place: Ashly Wintersmith (FPC)

6th Place: Christina Gerhard (FPC)

Individual Scenario Competition:

Junior Division: 

2nd Place and invitation to International Competition: Jack Moffat (BES)

Individual Scenario Competition (Cont.):

Middle Division:

1st Place and invitation to International Competition: Danielle Sbordone (BTMS)

3rd Place: Sasha Feldman (FPC)

Senior Division:

1st Place and invitation to International Competition: Marianna Sbordone (FPC)

Group Scenario Writing Competition:

Junior Division:

1st Place: Rebecca Martinez (BES)

2nd Place: Jack Moffat (BES)

Middle Division:

Overall Best Writer: Zaria George (FPC)

1st Place: Zaria George (FPC), Sasha Feldman (FPC), Teptida Battenhouse (MHS)

2nd Place: Zameena Phillips (FPC), Ladyann Holderzwink (MHS), Nicholas Villa (ITMS)

3rd Place: Lance Fairbanks (FPC), Danielle Sbordone (BTMS)

Senior Division:

1st Place: Marianna Sbordone

2nd Place: Judy Colindres

Multi-School Global Issues Writing (Alternate Booklet Writing)

Junior Division:

1st Place: Sean Gilliam (BES)

3rd Place: Saydee Peck (BES) and Nick Blumengarten (RES)

Middle Division:

1st Place: Amy Raleigh (BTMS)

2nd Place: Julietta Martinez (FPC), Daniella Sbordone (BTMS) and Michael Pierre (BTMS)

3rd Place: Daniel Yeveseyevich (FPC) and Brian Cote (BTMS)

Senior Division:

1st Place: Bella Del Greco (FPC) & Sierra Biggs (FPC)

2nd Place: Monica Dorman (FPC) & Elizabeth Morris (FPC)

3rd Place: Ashley Robshaw (FPC), Jessica Stone (FPC) & Bryce Binns (MHS)

Circus Maximus Competition:

Junior Division:

2nd place: BES Team (Saydee Peck, Kyleigh Ruddy, Natalie Valenteychik, Reina Robinson, Polina Sokolova, Aria Reiter)

The Florida Future Problem Solving website explains: Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI), was 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. The FPS Program features competitive as well as non-competitive activities in creative problem solving. Future Problem Solving Program International involves over 250,000 students annually from over 40 affiliates in the United States and 12 other countries.

Participants develop skills of teamwork, communication, research, critical and creative thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.  They learn to apply these skills to situations that are futuristic, but oriented to real life.  The competitive aspects of FPS are fun but the benefits of learning a process that can be used for the rest of their lives. This is the reason that teachers, parents and students fall in love with the program and continue to stay involved with it for many years.

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2 Responses for “Flagler Students From 6 Schools Collect 62 Awards at State Future Problem Solvers Competition”

  1. Darren May says:

    Great Job to all the students for their hard work and initiative.

  2. Andy Dance says:

    The Future Problem Solving Program of Flagler County has a new website, www,FlaglerFPS.com. Please take a minute to visit the site and view the current fundraising opportunity, “Flamingo Flocking”. All donations received through this activity are going directly to students and help offset the costs for the International competition.

    A GoFundMe account has also been created to help generate online donations. You can order a flock online at http://www.flaglerfps.com/flamingo-flocking/, and donate online at http://www.gofundme.com/flaglerfps.

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