When the state competition for Minnesota Future Problem Solvers was held at Forest Lake High School on Saturday, April 6, Forest Lake teams were among the winners.
A team of fifth- and sixth-graders from the Lino Lakes Elementary STEM school took first place in the community problem solving competition with “The more you move, the more you groove into a better life. ”
Jordan Buelow, Kasan Rindels, Sydney Schmidt, Travis Shurtleff, Sophia Spear, Shayla Weinke, Sydney Thibault, Sydney Redden, Tyanna Carber, Olivia Olson, Cassie La Fond and Katelyn Krause will be going to the international competition at the University of Indiana from June 6 to 9.
Also heading to Indiana is Katherine Taylor, who represented Forest Lake in the individual competition at the international level last year.
Last year she was a sixth-grader competing against students in grades 4, 5 and 6. This year, as a seventh-grader, Taylor took second in the individual competition, competing against students in grades 7, 8 and 9. Because the first-place winner is unable to attend, she will go instead.
Another Lino Lakes team took second place in the community problem solving competition. Fourth-graders Grace Land, Grace Muellner, Emma Barborak, Maggie LaBuhn and Andrew Arveson presented “Respect the bathrooms, or they will not respect you.”
The team that meets at Century Junior High, Klare Hollenkamp, Jordan Duda, Spencer Kotys, Hannah Curtis, Will Ihlenfeldt and Katherine Taylor, placed third in oral presentations at the middle level.
A junior division team including fifth-graders Logan Bahr, Logan Kelley, and Hunter Lange from Forest Lake Elementary, with Harrison Taylor from Lakes International Language Academy, placed fourth in the team written competition on the topic “Ocean Soup,” dealing with a futuristic situation of plastics pollution in the Hawaiian Islands.