Congratulations to the BSD students who received awards at the International Future Problem Solving (FPS) competition June 6-10 in La Crosse, Wis. Students devised solutions for problems related to criminal justice systems via a six-step model.

Individual Awards
Junior Division (Grades 4-6) Global Individual Problem Solving
3rd Place: Prisha Hemani, Odle Middle School

Middle Division (Grades 7-9) Global Individual Problem Solving
1st Place: Neil Chowdhury, Odle Middle School

Junior Division Scenario Writing
1st Place: Prisha Hemani, Odle Middle School

Junior Division Scenario Performance
2nd Place: Sidhya Ganesh, Odle Middle School

Team Awards
Senior Division (Grades 10-12) Global Issues Team Problem Solving
2nd Place: Isha Sangani, Simon Wu, Ton Bodin and Surtaz Khan – Newport High School & Interlake High School

Middle Division Scenario Writing Team
2nd Place:  Emily Feng – Interlake High School, with three other members from U.S.
Best Individual Writer: Emily Feng

Adult Division Multi-Affiliate Global Issues Team Problem Solving
3rd Place:  Debby Benzinger – Odle Middle School, with three other coaches from U.S.

The FPS program stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, promotes interpersonal communication, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares them for ethical leadership roles. Learn more at

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.