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Spring Valley team competes in state FPS competition

The Spring Valley Future Problem Solving team who competed at the state meet last month are from left to right: Belle Peterson, Briana Link, Emma Esanbock, Stella Bellin and Kari Hybben. (Submitted photo)

SPRING VALLEY--The Wisconsin Future Problem Solving Program held its 34th annual State Bowl in Green Lake from April 10-12. Over 300 fourth through 12th graders from around the state participated in the Global Issues Problem Solving competition at the State Bowl.

Five students from Spring Valley participated for the first time: Stella Bellin, Kari Hybben, Belle Peterson, Emma Esanbock and Briana Link. The first two teams in each division at state proceed to the international competition in June.

The Spring Valley team placed third in their evaluation group, which was about half of the junior teams.

Working in teams of four or as individuals, students analyzed the challenges and developed solution ideas for a situation set in a fictional future and related to the global topic of Land Transportation. Top Community Problem Solvers and Scenario Writers also shared their work.

Global Issues Problem Solving is a component of the Future Problem Solving Program International, which is a year-long educational program in which students learn a six-step problem-solving process and apply it to future situations in three practice topics they have researched. The practice topics this year were Social Isolation, Desertification and Surveillance. The goals of the program are to encourage students to become more creative in their thinking, to develop richer images of the future, to increase their research skills, to learn cooperative teamwork skills, and to increase their written and verbal communication skills.

At the State Bowl, Global Issues Problem Solvers brainstormed 16 challenges, an underlying problem, and 16 solutions for a future situation related to the topic of Land Transportation. They then developed criteria to use in selecting the best solution and wrote an action plan for implementing it. This written team effort was completed in a two-hour time frame. In addition, students planned and presented four-minute presentations to introduce their best solution action plan to an audience.

For further information, view Wisconsin Future Problem Solving at or contact the office at or contact Spring Valley Coach Laura Carlson at