Early Students Travel to International Competition
On June 1st eight EISD students, accompanied by coaches Peggy Morales and Diann Biddle traveled to Michigan State University for the Future Problem Solving International Competition.
Early ISD started participating in FPS in 1989 and qualified for the state bowl that first year. Since then, every spring many students have advanced to the state bowl and a few have qualified for International Competition (IC).
During this year’s trip one student, Danielle Contreras, Texas’s 2nd place senior individual, took the stage as a 3rd place finisher in the MAGIC (MultiAffiliate Global Issues Competition) senior division. This is the second time in 26 years (the first time in 17 years) that an Early student has placed internationally. Danielle problem-solved with 3 other students from Wisconsin, Florida and South Carolina in the MAGIC team division. They were given 2 hours to meet, plan strategies, and then complete a sixstep problem solving booklet over Energies of the Future. Throughout the year, Danielle is also a student evaluator for the state, volunteering over 24 hours to evaluate junior division booklets.
Another team from Early High School, Texas State Champions, Alaine Cooney, Cameron Hill, Emily Jillson, and Ariel Lewis also competed at MSU earning a rank of one from both evaluators and placing 12th among 70 teams.
To complete the problem solving process, this team had to act out their step 6, the action plan, in front of a panel of judges. For the presentation of the action plan, the four team members were joined by other Early state finalists, Kate Yantis, Alex Dobson, and Connor Robnet to write a 4 minute skit, craft costumes and props, and explain their solution for future energy needs.The skit titled, “Texoz” parodied The Wizard of Oz while explaining their solution InFusion. Out of 70 teams, “Texoz” finished in the top 14.
In addition to time spent competing, students enjoyed the fellowship of other problem solving students during the traditional memento exchange. Prior to the opening ceremonies and parade of flags, Early students traded Texas flag bandannas and Texas Bank pens for tokens from states and nations around the world. They were also entertained at the International talent show that showcased the talents from Thailand, China, Portugal, and the USA.