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Posted: April 15, 2009 12:00 a.m.

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Social Circle students win state title in problem solving competition

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(Left to right) Dana Hopkins, Stephen Conner, Ben Ihde, Jada Graves, Cindy Hames, Coach, Claude Hames, Coach

Social Circle High School students Stephen Conner, Jada Graves, Dana Hopkins, and Ben Ihde recently participated in the Future Problem Solving Competition at the Classic Center in Athens. The SCHS team beat out eight other high school teams to win First Place Overall and the state title. In addition, they received third place in the Planning Competition, and second place in the Presentation Competition.

The Future Problem Solving Program International is an international academic competition oriented around a topic, selected from a list. This year's topics were the Olympic Games, Cyber Conflict, Space Junk, Counterfeit Economy and Pandemic. More than 250,000 students participate in the program every year from countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

The team coaches, Claude and Cindy Hames, both teachers at Social Circle High School, said they were pleased with the results of their first year of coaching this Academic Team. Claude Hames had advised the team to follow the rules exactly as written and to function effectively as a team.

The students are excited about their upcoming trip to Michigan State University for the International Conference and competition and are very optimistic about their chances for a win. In addition to a reading list they will be focusing on solving practice problems between now and then.

Student Stephen Connor said, "If we're going to go all the way to Michigan, we're going to do our best to bring home another trophy!"

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