LEWISTOWN - Five Mifflin County students have qualified to compete at this year's Future Problem Solving Program international competition.
Jensen Graham, Lucy Crawford, Grace Wagner and Paige Stewart have been competing in the program since 2009 and have multiple statewide and worldwide placements to their names. The team - which now includes Courtney DeVita - earned second place at this year's state competition, qualifying them to compete internationally, against teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Portugal and more.
The international competition is scheduled for June 12-15 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The event focuses on the topic of whether space exploration should be privatized or a collaborative effort between governments. Teams will use a six-step process to analyze the issue. They then will choose one of the underlying challenges for which to develop and action plan and resolution.
The FPS program, which was once a component of the Mifflin County School District gifted program, was dropped from school curriculum in 2012. Since then, the teams and parents have been responsible for travel, lodging and registration fees for competitions.
A live bluegrass music fundraiser to help offset costs is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Dutch Country Inn in Reedsville. The Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, winners of the 2010 DelFest Bluegrass Competition, will perform, along with the Poe Valley Troubadours. Tickets are $10 at the door, and all proceeds benefit Mifflin County FPS.
The team also has an account set up at Juniata Valley Bank. Supporters may donate funds to the team's account, "Mifflin County Future Problem Solving." Donations will be accepted through May 30.
To help send the team to the international competition, make checks payable to Mifflin County Future Problem Solving, c/o Amy Dupert Graham,
Call 250-1886 for more information.