[Updated] Harker had five top-three placements in an impressive showing at the international finals of the Future Problem Solvers competition, held the weekend of June 12 in Wisconsin. One middle division team, made up of grade 9 students NaYeon Kim, Maya Sathaye, Hansa Srinivasan and Karan Das-Grande, took first place in action plan presentation.
The other middle division team of Ria Desai, Sonia Gupta, Pooja Shah and Emily Wang, also all grade 9, earned third place in action plan presentation and also finished in 11th place in the booklet competition. The senior team, rising senior Justine Liu and rising juniors Ananth Subramaniam, Jennie Xu and Laura Yau, earned a respectable sixth place in the presentation of action plan contest, although many at the event, including some fellow competitors, felt they should have placed higher. The three teams were among 50 from around the world that participated.
Standout individuals included Shelby Rorabaugh, Gr. 9, who was the first place scenario writer in the middle division; and Joy Li, Gr. 9, and Madhu Nori, Gr. 7, who took second and third place, respectively, as alternates in global issues problem solving. Shivani Mitra, Gr. 9, finished just shy of third place in the same category. In the senior division of alternate global problem solving, sophomore Akshay Tangutur performed well, missing the top three by just 10 points. Rising senior Olivia Zhu took sixth place as an overall individual competitor in the senior division.