Harker had another great year in the Future Problem Solving International competition, sending students in every division to the finals of the competition, which are held at the FPS International Conference. This year, the conference is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, of the four teams invited to the international conference, three are from Harker. In the months prior to the school closure, students from each of the divisions met and worked through the year’s scenario.
In the junior division (grades 4-6), the team of sixth graders Krish Nachnani, Aditya Shivakumar, Jonathon Szeto and Veeraz Thakkar earned first place, while sixth graders Cyrus Ghane, Charlie Wang, Daniel Miao and Kairui Sun took second place. Both teams will be headed to the internationals. Individual junior competitors Brenna Ren and Helen Gu, both grade 6, placed second and fourth respectively, and also qualified for internationals.
The team of eighth graders Ritu Belani, Reshma Kosaraju, Aeliya Grover and Olivia Xu placed third in the middle division team competition. In individual competition, Anandita Arun, grade 7, placed second, and Kosaraju placed fourth; both earned an invite to internationals. Belani also took second place in scenario writing, securing yet another internationals spot for Harker.
Seniors Sriya Prathuri, Amla Rashingkar and Tina Xu were invited to internationals for taking first place in the senior division team competition, where seniors Anvi Banga, Jack Hansen, Anika Tiwari and Alicia Xu earned third place. Junior Hilari Fan took fourth place in the individual competition.