Nine students from Quail Valley Middle School’s G/T Academy qualified to compete at the International Finals of Future Problem-Solving (FPS), which will be held at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, on June 9-12. Competing will be: Zoha Momin (State Champion, Intermediate Individual); Nic Garza, Jahnvi Jain, Ashley Song, and Rachel Hsu (State Champion, Intermediate Team); and Ashwin Hareesh, Aman Hemani, Puja Shah, and Roma Shah (3rd place, Junior Team). The students were part of a 53-person contingency from the QVMS G/T Academy that qualified for the Texas FPS State Bowl in February.
The G/T Academy students competed against nearly 1,000 students, in grades 4-8, at the Texas Future Problem-Solving State Bowl, held recently. During the team and individual creative problem-solving competition, the students generated creative solutions to problems relating to the topic, “Water Quality.” All contest participants spent two hours completing a written booklet that combined research and creative approaches to solving problems related to the State Bowl topic. On April 10, the Top 10 problem-solving teams and top three individuals in each division received state awards. Seventeen students from Quail Valley’s G/T Academy were recognized for their outstanding achievements in Future Problem-Solving.
• Alex Li, Kevin Chen, Shayan Ali, Michael Yu (Top Ten Junior Team),
• Dhruva Karkada, Trent Phan, Radhika Patel, Prinka Kaur (4th Place Junior Team)
• Ashwin Hareesh, Aman Hemani, Puja Shah, Roma Shah (3rd Place Junior Team)
• Nic Garza, Jahnvi Jain, Ashley Song, Rachel Hsu (State Champion Intermediate Team)
• Zoha Momin (State Champion Intermediate Individual)
First-place finishers earned $500 scholarships for the further development of Future Problem-Solving at QVMS. (QVMS earned $1,000 in scholarship money from FPS this year.) All winners received medals and plaques for their schools.
Students advancing to the International Finals will compete on the topic, “Emergency Planning.” Qualifying teams represent the U.S., Australia, and other countries. This is the fourth year that Fort Bend ISD students have participated in the program. Quail Valley’s G/T Academy is currently the only FBISD school participating in the program this year. Team sponsors are Amber McFarland and David Sebek.