Nine local students recently attended the Future Problem Solving (FPS) State Meet under the guidance of their coach, Nancy Myles. The individual participants were Del Norte High School sophomore Andrew Varvara, Oak Valley Middle School eighth grader Victor Varvara, and Bernardo Heights Middle School student Anish Rajendran. A junior team of sixth graders also qualified: Maddie Engblom and Kylie Norvell Cruz from BHMS, Lauren Crane from St. Michael’s School, and Jenna Cardno from OVMS. Two alternates – Shreya Singh from Turtleback Elementary School and Sofia Benito from BHMS – also attended to compete in the MAGIC Division.

The junior team placed sixth out of 26 teams in the written competition, and third for their skit. Sofia’s alternate team was second in the state. Victor’s skit won first. Nancy concluded, “The children went home with a lot of medals, plaques, trophies, and smiles.”

FPS is an international competition involving students from 40 states and 15 countries from around the world. The contest is designed to foster creative critical thinking skills by applying techniques to
real-world concerns.