Future Problem Bowl solvers from FL are Indiana bound

Six students from Forest Lake will be travelling to Bloomington, IN, next month for the International Future Problem Solvers competition.

The students earned their way to the competition through their work at the Minnesota State Future Problem Solvers Competition in March.

Sixth-grader Katherine Taylor took first place in the Individual Competition at state, earning her a berth at the international event. Taylor, a student from Lakes International Language Academy, was competing as a member of a FPS team from Forest Lake Elementary,

The other five students, all of whom are in 6th grade — Hannah Curtis, Will Ihlenfeldt, Spencer Kotys, Josh Larson, and Morgan Laughlin — were members of the Forest Lake Elementary team that took third out of 36 teams in the written competition.

That team was coached by Chris Kotys and Dave Sauer.

The FPS International Competition is set June 7-10 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

Teams from all over the world will be attending this annual event.

To earn the right to go to the international event, teams from Minnesota much place highly at the Future Problem Solving State Competition, which took place on March 31 at Roseville Area High School. There are about 260 FPS around the state, and 70 of them earned the right to compete at state through various local and regional competitions that took place in February and March.

A team from Lino Lakes Elementary School, coached by Lisa Sauer, also performed well in the Community Problem Solving Competition (CmPS) a separate division of MN Future Problem Solving.

The team, which took first  place in that division in the March state competition, included: 4th graders Jordan Buelow, Sophia Spear, Sydney Schmidt, Shayla Weinke, Tresa Wickenheiser and Kasan Rindels; and 5th graders Travis Shurtleff, Sophia Olson, Julia Hanson, Sydney Florell and Jacquie Talley.