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Problem Solved! OHS and MHS teams take top billing at Internationals!

June 11, 2012

Two years of hard work have paid off...and the reward came in more ways than one!   Congratulations to the OHS Community Problem Solving Team members who earned first place and to the MHS team members who brought home a third place trophy from this weekend's international competition at Indiana University! 

Student participants demonstrated their 21st Century Skills in their winning projects which identified a certain need in their communities:  Project P.E.A.K (Performance Enhancing Activities for Kids) at the senior level and CCCIS (Children Caring about Culture in School) at the elementary level.  Students learned to use critical and creative thinking skills to develop a vision for the future and take on leadership roles.

More than 2000 problem solvers from the United States and eleven different countries competed.  Teams were judged on their problem solving report, a five-minute video, a six-foot display highlighting their efforts, and a 30-minute interview with the evaluators.  

"The FPS experience has opened my eyes to depths previously unimaginable to me.  I think the greatest kind of happiness is the kind that we earn; and by participating in this competition, I was able to generate great joy through making a difference in my school that benefited so many students as well as faculty," said OHS sophomore Jin Hu.  "I look forward to seeing our work today remain as a lasting legacy at our school." 

Fellow student Amy Wu placed first in the onsite team scenario writing competition.  Her writing team included students from Florida and Kentucky.  During the opening ceremonies, Amy was presented with a trophy for her individual scenario on the topic of Human Rights.

"Team Scenario writing was so much fun, and I was shocked by the way our story perfectly pieced together in the end," Wu said.  I would say the entire experience was a success for myself as a writer and as a teammate of Project P.E.A.K." 

Project P.E.A.K (Performance Enhancing Activities for Kids), comprised of OHS students Hu, Wu, Hallie Israel and Morgan Sosic, placed first in the senior division of the Community Problem Solving component.  The students' project under the direction of Gifted Instructor Kathy Frazier focused on developing and implementing successful student-led mentorship programs at Brady Middle School and Moreland Hills Elementary.  Hallie also had the opportunity to present her self-published book "Dear Mr. President" at a special program for writers and participate in a book signing event.

The Moreland Hills School team project, Children Caring About Culture in School (CCCIS), was created by fourth and fifth graders Anna Brateanu, Katie Brateanu, Eleanor McCreary, Julian Perry, and Claire Stephenson under the direction of Gifted Instructor Jean Metzger.  The students highlighted and celebrated the multiple nationalities represented at MHS by conducting a nationality and language spoken survey. Using the results and assistance from an Orange Schools Foundation grant, the students purchased flags of 50 nations and posters to highlight 12 languages spoken by students. The flags were displayed throughout the school. The group also created an informational brochure and ethnic cookbook based on the cultures represented.

"I definitely think that this project taught me how truly important it is to children and even adults that their country is being represented and acknowledged," said Anna.  "This project also gave me a sense of responsibility that taught me how and when to get things done...This project was a huge part of my life."

Congratulations to all of our Future Problem Solvers on their success this year!




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