Pearland ISD took 52 students to the Future Problem Solving Program state bowl this year.

PISD Future Problem Solvers bound for international competition

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Critical thinking skills will be on the agenda this June as 11 Pearland Independent School District students take on thousands of peers worldwide in fast-paced problem-solving competitions.
These students will represent the district and Texas as they compete in the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference June 10-14 in Iowa.

In addition, this marks the 11th consecutive year that Pearland ISD has sent students to compete at the international conference.

Students advancing to the international competition this year include…

Middle Division Individual 1st Place — Global Issues Problem Solving (Pearland Junior High West:
Aayush Dave

Junior Division Team 1st Place — Global Issues Problem Solving; Junior Division 3rd Place — Presentation of Action Plan (Sablatura Middle School):
Caitlin Lim, Basil Muthalaly, Vidya Muthupillai and Grace Song

Junior Division 3rd Place — Presentation of Action Plan (Sablatura):
Ashwin Murali (alternate)

Middle Division Team 2nd Place — Global Issues Problem Solving (PJH West):
Iris Chen, Mikaniel Jao, Bill Tang and Helen Wang

In addition, Aruntathi Chezhian (PJH West) will compete in the alternate division at the international competition.

Although not advancing to the international competition, the following Pearland ISD students won top places at the Texas Future Problem Solving Program State Bowl in April:

Junior Division 1st Place — Global Issues Problem Solving Alternate (Sablatura):
Amber Luo

Middle Division 2nd Place — Global Issues Problem Solving Alternate (PJH West):
Chinmay Walavalkar

Senior Division 3rd Place — Global Issues Problem Solving Alternate; Senior Division 2nd Place — Presentation of Action Plan (Dawson High School):
Milton Zhao

Senior Division 2nd Place — Presentation of Action Plan; Senior Division Global Issues Problem Solving Semifinalist Team (DHS):
Sachin Aggarwal, Michael Farner, Aaron Macias and Jason Quimio

Junior Division 3rd Place — Presentation of Action Plan (Sablatura):
Jiya Jhonsa

Middle Division Global Issues Problem Solving Team Semifinalist (Berry Miller Junior High):
Yupu Cai, Sabah Jamal, Vanshika Jhonsa and Justin Nguyen

Junior Division Global Issues Problem Solving Team Semifinalist (Sablatura):
Melody Tran, Aruna Muthupillai, Bidisha Halder and Tori Sherman

FPS topics this year included intellectual property, impact of social media, processed foods, propaganda and human potential. Students not only had to develop a solid understanding of each topic but also use their research to predict future issues and solutions related to the topic.

FPS coaches include Judy Sisk (Sablatura), Lisa Murphy-Talton (Berry Miller Junior High), Brenda Paloski (PJH West) and Veronica Munoz (DHS).

FPS stimulates critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills while preparing students for leadership. Each year, thousands of students compete from the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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