The Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) has recognized a newly-graduated Harker student, Olivia Zhu ’11, with a scholarship as one of two students across the country who have “exceptional dedication and participation in Future Problem Solving.” In order to win the scholarship, students had to submit a completed application, essay and two letters of recommendation.
Zhu is a six-year future problem solving veteran. Among her many accomplishments with the Harker FPS club is competing at FPS competitions every year, mentoring younger students, raising funds for California FPS clubs and founding the Harker FPS branch. Zhu is also involved in an ongoing project to enable the different FPS clubs to collaborate on research.
Years ago, when asked whom he would want to found the Harker FPS club with, Cyrus Merrill, middle school history teacher, half-jokingly replied, “Olivia Zhu,” who turned out to be an excellent choice. When writing about her, Merrill said, “I technically coach her in terms of Future Problem Solving, but in a real sense she coaches all of us in both FPS and in personal ethics and selfless dedication to others.” We’d like to congratulate her on the award and look forward to hearing of her future efforts post-Harker.