The Future Problem Solvers International...

Raised: $1,302.00
Goal: $6,000.00

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Maureen Moslow-Benway

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Despite the very real challenges facing our world, there is a corps of local students determined to do something about them. Fifth graders Connor Benway, Peter Cagnina, Sophie Duncan,... more


Created by Maureen Moslow-Benway on May 9, 2012

Despite the very real challenges facing our world, there is a corps of local students determined to do something about them. Fifth graders Connor Benway, Peter Cagnina, Sophie Duncan, John Chase Huddleston and Kaity McCullough are "Future Problem Solvers" and part of an international competitive program that challenges students to do more than wish for change, and instead plan how to make it happen.

Future Problem Solving is a year-long educational program in which teams of students are challenged to solve problems related to topics of global significance. The process emphasizes rational thought, creativity, research and teamwork. Approximately 200,000 students from all 50 states, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and several other countries take part in this intellectually demanding program.

At the VA State FPS Bowl in Suffolk VA, 38 teams competed for the chance to solve these very real problems at the junior, middle, and senior level. This year's theme was "Trade Barriers" and students were challenged to resolve an international economic crisis stemming from one country's abrupt reinstatement of protectionist policies. After grueling hours spent crafting their plan and presenting it to the judges, this quintet from Amelia, Chesterfield and Powhatan Counties, stood shocked and smiling, proudly holding the huge Junior Division Championship Trophy!

The win was an exceptional achievement, but for the OWLS team, the real challenge lies ahead. These problem solving students are energetically engaged in fundraising so they can compete as Virginia's representatives at the Future Problem Solvers International Bowl in Bloomington, Indiana in mid-June. There they will take on the daunting theme of Pharmaceuticals.  Needless to say, the OWLS would greatly appreciate your help in making their dream of competing at the International Bowl a reality.


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Thanks so much to each and every one of you for making this amazing dream our reality!! We have started an OWLS Co-Op page at op, so please tune in there to get updates on our progress and encourage the Team!! Much OWLS Love ❤

posted by Beckey Huddleston 23 months ago

Thank you SO MUCH Heather, Cathy, India, Bill, Robin, Cade, Paula, Jamie, and the Clarke, Erxleben & Fite families!!! We are so incredibly grateful for your support--if you need any of your own future problems solved, feel free to call on us! Lol. Love from the OWLS :D

posted by Maggie Moore 23 months ago

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Recent Donations (21)

$1,302 raised by 21 people in 23 months.


Peg and Robb Hudock

22 months ago


Love the entrepreneurial spirit of the young! Way to go Peter and fellow students. "Be the difference you want to see in the world!" You can make a difference.



Kevin, Suzanne & Sydney

22 months ago


Go OWLS!!! Best of Luck! Kevin, Suzanne & Sydney



Tamara McGhee

22 months ago


Good Luck Guys & Girls!!



Kathleen Muller

23 months ago


This world needs problem solvers! Congratulations on your fine work.



Dar & Woody

23 months ago


We're so proud of you and your team, Kaity, and excited to help sponsor such wonderful efforts to make the world better. Thank you and good luck.



Dave and Emily Spess

23 months ago


Best wishes in the competition!



Lynn Maready & the 2012 Richmond Homeschool Prom

23 months ago


Caity, we are so impressed with you and your team and your family's commitment to making you world thinkers, movers and shakers. I'm so glad you are able to experience this with the Benways too! Keep on representing our homeschool community - we are proud of all of you! It's an odd donation amount, but it was our remainder after prom this year and I wanted it to go to a worthy recipient. Good luck in IN!



Elizabeth and Dan Muller

23 months ago


We are in AWE! Keep it going, guys! Thanks for tackling the world's problems!



Bobbie Barajas

23 months ago


Go team go!



Angela Martinez

23 months ago


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