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Second in World for Future Problem Solving

Regulus // Issue 2 // August 2022

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Hannah and Katie sit on a couch in Christine's office, as Christine stands behind the couch, as they all smile for a group photo.

Future Problem Solvers, Hannah Withers and Katie Foot (both Year 9) with Rector, Christine Leighton

Year 9 student, Hannah Withers, achieved outstanding success in the Individual Competition at the 48th International Conference for Future Problem Solving International, finishing runner-up to the world champion in the Middle Division of the ‘Global Issues’ competition. “Hannah represented both St Andrew’s College and New Zealand in this highly prestigious international competition, competing virtually against 40 other champion problem-solvers from around the globe. Finishing second was an incredible achievement,” says Rector, Christine Leighton.

A Year 9 team from St Andrew’s, comprising Matthew Bluck, Katie Foot, Charlotte Kyle, Teresa Steiner and Ania Kuziel, also represented New Zealand in the international final, and was one of only two New Zealand teams across all divisions to advance to the finals. The team also had great success, placing in the top 10 for their Presentation of Action Plan and receiving an Honourable Mention.

The Year 9 students had worked hard in preparation for the event, coached by Future Problem Solving and GATE teacher, Susannah Debenham, and guest tutor, Julie Rogers.

“We are very proud of all these students, who competed amongst the best young minds in the world and demonstrated dedication, perseverance, and skill, as they were challenged with some complex global scenarios,” says Christine.

We celebrate Hannah Withers as she is announced runner-up to the world champion in the Middle Division of the 'Global Issues' competition.