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OHS Sophomores Win International Honors for Philanthropic and Writing Efforts


At the recent Future Problem Solving International Conference, OHS rising sophomore Jacob Cramer was presented a second place trophy for his project "Love for the Elderly," an organization dedicated to providing happiness to the elderly by writing and sending kind, loving letters.

Through social media Cramer's idea quickly spread, and he began receiving cards from all around the world. To date he has distributed more than 10-thousand cards as far away as Australia, Romania, Sweden, Germany, and Iceland. Cramer has received grants to support his efforts and was selected to present a TED Talk in July.

Cramer represented Ohio at the International Conference held this year in Ames, Iowa on the Iowa State University campus. The conference featured outstanding creative problem solving champions from around the world including the United States, Australia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. 

Also recognized at the International Conference was Victoria Popritkin, another rising sophomore at OHS who was awarded first place in the Scenario Writing Competition. Victoria’s scenario was entitled “Once You Let the Eyes In.” Although Victoria was unable to attend the conference, she was videotaped reading her scenario for a special program held at the conference.

Gifted Education Specialist Kathy Frazier provided the educational enrichment experience and presented strategies for teaching the Scenario Writing process at the conference.

Congratulations to all of our Orange Schools honorees!


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