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Who are the winners of the IC 2024 competition?

In our 2024 International Conference, and highest level competition, 1,263 champion problem solvers from 12 countries and 242 different schools/groups competed at Indiana University June 5-9, 2024. Their challenge topic was Air Quality. For more information on the event and participants, see the infographics attached below. Congratulations to all our Future Problem Solving world finals winners.

Action Plan Presentations

Global Issues teams present their action plan to judges and an audience at our International Conference. Students create props from the approved material list. Presentations can be up to four minutes long. The first place winners in each division present their action plan performance on stage at the awards ceremony.

Juniors

Junior Division Winners
1st PlaceIllawarra Christian School – Australia
Rosie, Sophia, Jessica, Keira, Claire (TJ-105)
2nd PlaceNorthern Middle School – Kentucky
London, Cameryn, Owen, Ezra (TJ-143)
3rd PlaceCovenant Christian School – Australia
Archie, Sarah-Claire, Suzy, Megyn, Lexi, Callisto (TJ-116)
4th PlaceEastern Iowa Home Schoolers – Iowa
Ann-Marie, Lydia, Josiah, Jeremiah, Zackariah, Tehila (TJ-117)
5th PlaceAurora Middle School – Nebraska
Lauren, Avery, Caleb, Mitchell, Olivia, Elin, Bryce (TJ-107)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Action Plan Presentations (Topic: Air Quality)

Middles

Middle Division Winners
1st PlaceEastern Iowa Home Schoolers – Iowa
Elizabeth, Hanna, Lily, Ella (TM-210)
2nd PlaceReddam House – Australia
Jessica, Ivan, Xavier, Zac, Kate, Laura, Elsie (TM-206)
3rd PlaceSt Andrew’s College – New Zealand
Maja, Sophie, Alexa, Genevieve, William, Alyssa (TM-205)
4th PlaceKnox Grammar School – Australia
Harry, Summer, Jeremy, Ryan (TM-242)
5th PlaceKnox Grammar School – Australia
Li, Bruce, Harry, Nathan (TM-255)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Action Plan Presentations (Topic: Air Quality)

Seniors

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceBergen County Academies – New Jersey
Saketh, Asha, Sanskriti, Seta (TS-312)
2nd PlaceJohnson Central High School – Kentucky
Constance, Hannah, Cole, Dakota, Eli, Adara, Paris (TS-332)
3rd PlaceMcCracken County High School – Kentucky
Riya, Allison, Jack, Gavin, Brennen (TS-328)
4th PlaceEastern Iowa Home Schoolers – Iowa
Molly, Noelle, Katelynn, Samuel (TS-351)
5th PlacePrestonwood Christian Academy – Texas
Donya, Lili, Xinyi, Jack, Jackie, Connor, Blake (TS-325)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Action Plan Presentations (Topic: Air Quality)

Scenario Performance (aka Storytelling)

Scenario Performance competitors present live at the International Conference. The story they tell uses the International Conference topic as inspiration and is a logical outgrowth of actions or events in the future.

Juniors

Junior Division Winners
1st PlaceMorningside Elementary – Utah
Anagha (PJ-1505)
2nd PlaceCrockett Intermediate School – Texas
Anna (PJ-1501)
3rd PlaceWest Melbourne School for Science – Florida
Shravani (PJ-1507)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Scenario Performance (Topic: Air Quality)

Middles

Middle Division Winners
1st PlaceCanyon Crest Academy – California
Ryan (PM-1603)
2nd PlaceBellevue High School – Washington
Hiraani Hew Nam (PM-1601)
3rd PlacePrestonwood Christian Academy – Texas
Taylor (PM-1612)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Scenario Performance (Topic: Air Quality)

Seniors

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceEastern Iowa Home Schoolers – Iowa
Sam (PS-1705)
2nd PlacePrestonwood Christian Academy – Texas
Ayokanmi (Nami) (PS-1702)
3rd PlaceDel Norte High School – California
Bailey (PS-1703)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Scenario Performance (Topic: Air Quality)

Scenario Writing (aka Creative Writing)

Scenario writing competitors get two hours to write a creative scenario of up to 1,000 words. Their creative story uses the provided future scene about the International Conference topic as inspiration.

Juniors

Junior Division Winners
1st PlaceCrockett Intermediate School – Texas
Krish (SJ-1019)
2nd PlaceRavenswood School for Girls – Australia
Alexandra (SJ-1014)
3rd PlaceWilliam Annin Middle School – California
Eric (SJ-1005)
4th PlaceMetrolina Regional Scholars Academy – North Carolina
Aathmika (SJ-1001)
5th PlaceBirchwood School of Hawken – Ohio
Nathan (SJ-1021)
6th PlaceJCIB Middle School – Alabama
Adleigh (SJ-1018)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Scenario Writing (Topic: Air Quality)

Middles

Middle Division Winners
1st PlaceInterlake High School – Washington
Sana (SM-1115)
2nd PlaceParis High School – Texas
Hannah (SM-1101)
3rd PlaceMetrolina Regional Scholars Academy – North Carolina
Lily (SM-1114)
4th PlaceThomas Grover Middle School – New Jersey
Riyanshika (SM-1122)
5th PlaceMethodist Girls’ School – Singapore
Kristin (SM-1106)
6th PlaceNorth Haven Middle School – Connecticut
Avery (SM-1110)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Scenario Writing (Topic: Air Quality)

Seniors

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceH-B Woodlawn Secondary Program – Virginia
Nicola (SS-1201)
2nd PlaceCashmere High School – New Zealand
Moss (SS-1206)
3rd PlaceOrange High School – Ohio
Audra (SS-1208)
4th PlaceMiddleton High School – Wisconsin
Annabel (SS-1203)
5th PlaceCentral Hardin High School – Kentucky
Brianna (SS-1212)
6th PlaceCashmere High School – New Zealand
Naomi (SS-1210)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Scenario Writing (Topic: Air Quality)

Community Projects

Community Projects competitors submit a proposal, report, and promotional video to FPSOnline prior to attending the International Conference. During the world finals, community project participants participate in an interview, create a tabletop display, and submit their portfolio to evaluators. Students present their projects to the Future Problem Solving community at the Community Project Showcase.

Juniors – Individuals

Junior Division Winner
1st PlaceATOMIC – St Andrew’s Anglican College (Australia)
August
Coach: Jillian Green
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Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Community Projects – Individuals

Juniors – Teams

Junior Division Winners
1st PlaceThe Social Skills Squad – Sinton Elementary (Texas)
Charity, Emma, Sidney, Aralynn, Mallory, Carter, Austin, Eyan, Ian, David, Presley, Leyla, Jayden, Aiden, and Angelita
Coaches: Elizabeth Nieto & Lacey Swanson
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2nd PlaceNext ChapterThomas Grover Middle School (New Jersey)
Ozas, Aaryana, Neel, Kahil, Khush, Khushi, Siddhant, Saanvi, and Reyaansh
Coach: Justin Dolcimascolo-Garrett
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3rd PlaceProject Keep It Clean – W.R. Castle (Kentucky)
Nathaniel, Alexis, Amy, Slate, Abe, and Jase
Coach: Heather Gauze
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4th PlaceVocab Lab – Rymfire Elementary School (Florida)
Kenan, Elissa, German, Evelyn, and Elisei
Coach: Caryn Taylor
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Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Community Projects – Teams

Middles – Individuals

Middle Division Winner
1st PlaceArrive Alive – Indian Trails Middle School (Florida)
Tyson
Coach: Beth Blumengarten
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Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Community Projects – Individuals

Middles – Teams

Middle Division Winners
1st PlaceProject BOSS Indian Trails Middle School (Florida)
Wesley, Paris, Arlo, Kendall, Jorge, Dempsey, Liam, and Gavin
Coach: Beth Blumengarten
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2nd PlaceLeading with Reading West Shore Jr/ Sr High School (Florida)
Alex, Tiffany, Aneeqa, Janani, Sophia, Talia, and Nikita
Coach: Chloe Radd
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3rd PlaceProject Praesidio – Raffles Girls’ School – Secondary (Singapore)
Shaine Wan Xuan, Chloe, Ya Xuan Eva, Xuanyi Claire, Clarice Hiang Yee, Patricia, Yi Hui Chloe, and Pei Yuan Sophia
Coach: Rachel Pang
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4th PlaceCSA Coastal Safety Awareness – The Illawarra Grammar School (Australia)
Chloe and Grace
Coach: Jean Burton
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Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Community Projects – Teams

Seniors – Individuals

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceFinancing Futures – Dawson High School (Texas)
Irene
Coaches: Carrie Cummings, Marissa Blakley, and Amber McCoy-Olivo
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2nd PlaceADAPT: Addressing Depression and Anxiety in Pre-Teens – Sharon High School (Massachusetts)
Ishita
Coach: Roopali Gandhi
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Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Community Projects – Individuals

Seniors – Teams

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceFuture Forward – Danville High School (Illinois)
Isaiah, Maia, Cole, Colton, Ekundayo, Bailee, Macy, Eric, Cora, Avery, Kendall, Matthew, Maya, Cameron, and Diya
Coach: Lori Woods
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2nd PlaceOperation: Skill Drop – Early High School (Texas)
Asher, Calvin, Tristin, Andie, Reese, Aryn, Harmonie, Lainey, Katelyn, Alexis, and AJ
Coach: Jamee Atkinson
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3rd PlaceProject Majulah – Raffles Girls’ School – Secondary (Singapore)
Sophie Ying Shan, Natalie, Ashmi, and Xinyi
Coach: Mak Wai Ling
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4th PlaceProject Outreach – Mahwah High School (New Jersey)
Kaelyn, Riley, Jeane, Danny, Gabrielle, Ryan, Abigail, Vanessa, Kasey, Akshat, Addyson, and Chase
Coaches: Justin Saputski and Christine Hartigan Miller
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Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Community Projects – Teams

Project Management Excellence Award

Future Problem Solving and Project Management Institute Education Foundation (PMIEF) present the Excellence in Project Management Award to community problem solving projects students who effectively implement project management strategies to enhance their work. The award is based on a new free publication from Future Problem Solving, the Guide to Project Management Implementation in Community Problem Solving. The award includes a grant from PMIEF to help teams continue their projects.

Award Winners
Project Outreach – Mahwah High School (New Jersey)
Kaelyn, Riley, Jeane, Danny, Gabrielle, Ryan, Abigail, Vanessa, Kasey, Akshat, Addyson, and Chase
Coaches: Justin Saputski and Christine Hartigan Miller
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Future Forward – Danville High School (Illinois)
Isaiah, Maia, Cole, Colton, Ekundayo, Bailee, Macy, Eric, Cora, Avery, Kendall, Matthew, Maya, Cameron, and Diya
Coach: Lori Woods
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Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Project Management Excellence Award

MAGIC

Multi Affiliate Global Issues Competition (MAGIC) competitors enjoy a unique experience at our world finals. When competitors arrive at their competition room, they are assigned to a team with students from different regions.

Juniors

Junior Division Winners
1st PlaceJessica – Mississippi
Josephine – Ohio
Savannah – Pennsylvania
Anjana – Utah
MJ-710
2nd PlaceSalila – Illinois
Chang – Singapore
Abirami – Texas
Ephratah – Washington
MJ-703
3rd PlaceJon – Colorado
Julia – Illinois
Maxwell – Ohio
Anita – Washington
MJ-702
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 MAGIC – Teams (Topic: Air Quality)

Middles

Middle Division Winners
1st PlaceKelsey – Washington
Grace – Alabama
Annabel – Australia
Sanghyeok – California
MM-802
2nd PlaceVedika – Washington
Madeleine – Australia
Daniel – Minnesota
James – Ohio
MM-816
3rd PlaceEmily – Washington
Maithili – California
Kai Yun – Utah
Charlotte – New Zealand
MM-811
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 MAGIC – Teams (Topic: Air Quality)

Seniors

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceKate – Australia
Jonathan – California
Evan – Nebraska
William – New Zealand
MS-905
2nd PlaceLaura – Australia
Tyler – Illinois
Numi – Texas
Anya – Florida
MS-902
3rd PlaceJessica – California
Akiva – Florida
Abby – New Zealand
MS-906
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 MAGIC – Teams (Topic: Air Quality)

Global Issues

Our Global Issues competitors, after researching and analyzing the topic of air quality prior to event, students get just two hours during the world finals to complete our 6-step problem-solving process for the given future scene.

Juniors – Individuals

Junior Division Winners
1st PlaceWest Melbourne School for Science – Florida
Lily (IJ-413)
2nd PlaceEastern Iowa Home Schoolers – Iowa
Lydia (IJ-408)
3rd PlaceShorewood Hills Elementary School – Wisconsin
Max (IJ-416)
4th PlacePacific Trail Middle School – California
Sanghyo (IJ-403)
5th PlaceCrockett Intermediate School – Texas
Evan (IJ-407)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Global Issues – Individuals (Topic: Air Quality)

Juniors – Teams

Junior Division Winners
1st PlaceNorthcross Intermediate School – New Zealand
Isobel, Jason, Jonathan, Yigu (TJ-149)
2nd PlaceMetrolina Regional Scholars Academy – North Carolina
Risha, Jasmine, Annam, Dia (TJ-123)
3rd PlaceThomas Grover Middle School – New Jersey
Manu, Svamin, Arjun, Maxwell (TJ-124)
4th PlacePrestonwood Christian Academy – Texas
Sean, Drew, Samuel, Gael (TJ-109)
5th PlaceWindy Ridge – Florida
Mera, Annika, Gianna, Natalie (TJ-102)
6th PlaceRichmond Middle School – New Hampshire
Hans, Craig, Grady, Luca (TJ-125)
7th PlaceCovenant Christian School – Australia
Suzannah, Archie, Megyn, Sarah-Claire (TJ-116)
8th PlaceNorth Haven Juniors – Connecticut
Shay, Alexandra, Jocelyn (TJ-108)
9th PlaceSt Andrew’s College – New Zealand
Zilong, Benjamin, Louis, Emmett (TJ-129)
10th PlaceTelok Kurau Primary School – Singapore
Sumaiya Maryum, Izag, Siddharth Sharma, Siyuan (TJ-119)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Global Issues – Teams (Topic: Air Quality)

Middles – Individuals

Middle Division Winners
1st PlaceCarmel Valley Middle School – California
Alex (IM-525)
2nd PlaceThe Harker School – California
Vivian (IM-509)
3rd PlaceJohnson Central High School – Kentucky
Lin (IM-507)
4th PlaceCommunity Middle School – New Jersey
Esha (IM-521)
5th PlaceHaileybury – Australia
Anay (IM-524)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Global Issues – Individuals (Topic: Air Quality)

Middles – Teams

Middle Division Winners
1st PlaceProvidence High School, Marvin Ridge High School – North Carolina
Summer, Neha, Nora, Varin (TM-260)
2nd PlaceRidge High School, Canyon Crest Academy, La Jolla Country Day School – California
Emily, Sophia, Ryan, Sophia (TM-216)
3rd PlaceMethodist Ladies College – Australia
Tanishka, Zoe, Annabel, Alannah (TM-253)
4th PlaceSt Margaret’s College – New Zealand
Sneha, Kieva, Phoebe, Tilly (TM-241)
5th PlaceLake Highland Preparatory School – Florida
Hammad, Pranav, Joseph, Sriram (TM-220)
6th PlaceKristin School – New Zealand
Junyi, Oliver, Jonathan, Matthew (TM-254)
7th PlaceNorthcross Intermediate School – New Zealand
Alan, Alex, Vincent, Andy (TM-261)
8th PlaceKnox Grammar School – Australia
Harry, Summer, Jeremy, Ryan (TM-242)
9th PlaceEastern Iowa Home Schoolers – Iowa
Ella, Hanna, Lily, Elizabeth (TM-210)
10th PlaceReddam House – Australia
Xavier, Zac, Ivan, Jessica (TM-206)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Global Issues – Teams (Topic: Air Quality)

Seniors – Individuals

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceRHAM High School – Connecticut
Trevor (IS-601)
2nd PlaceInterlake High School – Washington
Clarissa (IS-611)
3rd PlaceAurora High School – Nebraska
Brett (IS-602)
4th PlaceLadue Horton Watkins High School – Missouri
Anthony (IS-620)
5th PlaceCalloway County High School – Kentucky
Madison (IS-624)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Global Issues – Individuals (Topic: Air Quality)

Seniors – Teams

Senior Division Winners
1st PlaceSouth Warren High School – Kentucky
Daniel, Lilia, Baylor, Ella (TS-315)
2nd PlaceJohnson Central High School – Kentucky
Cole, Constance, Hannah, Dakota (TS-332)
3rd PlaceRaffles Girls’ School (Secondary) – Singapore
Elena Yin Feng, Nicole Keng, Kaitlyn Hui Sian, Chelsea Yeo (TS-350)
4th PlaceRoyal West Academy – Canada
Naima, Sophie, Talia, Sumin (TS-317)
5th PlaceWoodinville High School, North Creek High School, Innovation Lab High School – Washington
Jiya, Katelyn, Atticus, Siyona (TS-338)
6th PlaceDel Norte High School, Canyon Crest Academy, Pacific Trail Middle School – California
Aadhya, Bailey, Nolan, Feifei (TS-304)
7th PlaceSolon High School – Ohio
Evan, Yuahn, Grant, Frederick (TS-335)
8th PlaceMyers Park High School – North Carolina
Griffin, Darden, Caroline, Caroline (TS-343)
9th PlacePleasant Valley High School – Iowa
Shalini, Addison, Kailee, Bennett (TS-333)
10th PlaceEastern Iowa Home Schoolers – Iowa
Peter, Jacob, Clara, Micah (TS-316)
Future Problem Solving IC 2024 Global Issues – Teams (Topic: Air Quality)

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A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

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A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.