Language and culture barriers were broken as Sinton’s own Future Problem Solving competitors traveled to Michigan State University for a chance to compete with others from around the country, and around the world the weekend of June 5.
Sinton High School’s Community Problem Solving Team, along with Sinton Elementary’s Ella Troup, walked away with awards that took all year for which to prepare.
Future Problem Solving is an event that focuses on a six-step problem solving process in order to find the best solution for any number of problems. The process is generally used to analyze probable scenarios that revolve around one of four topics chosen for the year.
Community Problem Solving (CMPS) revolves around solving a major problem within the community. This year, the Sinton High School team of Kendall Allen, Madeline Nieto, Madison Schaefer and Rylee Kay decided to focus on natural disasters, taking the recent flooding of Wimberley as example.
The group worked together in order to give the community information that could be used in case of a natural disaster.
Evacuation plans, disaster kits and even backup files on flash drives were all used to show the community what to do in case of an emergency. Their hard work and dedication allowed them to win second place in the senior division of environmental concerns.
Ella Troup, along with Emily Nieto and Briannah Mejias, competed in the Multi-Affiliate Global Issues Competition. The two, who usually compete as individuals, were partnered with three random competitors.
“I feel like it was more difficult for us,” explained Troup, “We had to get used to working on a team.”
The newfound group was then expected to use the six-step process in order to analyze the scenario for the competition. The four competitors were familiar with the process, and the topic (energy of the future) enough to win first place in the junior division.
“They had a completely different way of doing each step. Overall, it was a fun experience,” Emily Nieto said.
Three members of the CMPS team were unable to make it to the competition due to graduation. Jordyn Burnell, McKenzie Israel and Eliza Thomas were honored for their participation with the project, however.
The FPS teams — coached by Maggie Gibson, Elizabeth Nieto and Karen Stautzenberger — not only brought back recognition for the town of Sinton, but also experiences they could use in their futures.
“FPS competitors don’t exist in a vacuum. They venture out into the world,” Gibson said.