[By Deborah Yi]
If you want to see Harry Potter, James Bond, and Nihao Kailan all in one single skit, then you should definitely check out the Future Problem Solvers Club. You'll certainly see more of these random and dorky skits.
But Future Problem Solvers isn't all about the skits. While they are a small part of Global Issues Problem Solving, there are also other events that you could participate in, including Community Problem Solving and Scenario Writing.
For those who care about the environment, economy, and politics, try out Global Issues. In this category, people participate either in teams of four or individually. You are given a short story with a situation that could take place in the future, such as desertification, and two hours to come up with a practical solution. After the two hours is up, your team makes up a comedic enactment of your solution into a skit, which is where you see ridiculous but entertaining acting and singing. Take this chance to express your concern for international problems that none of your friends bother to care about. It’s now your time to be a nerd without judgment!
Community Problem Solving is a category for those who want to actively support their hometown. Contestants are given a whole year to help solve an actual problem that exists within their school, town, or region. If you are troubled by any issues around you and your community, use this opportunity to fix them. After the year is up, you have the chance to present your efforts to improve society. Not only do you help others, but you also get recognition for your hard work.
The last category is Scenario Writing. In this event, you use your creative writing skills to produce a scenario that must be set at least 20 years in the future. This is for the bold individuals who like to look into the future and come up with their own unique predictions.
This year’s topics are the impact of social media, processed foods, propaganda, and finally, enhancing human potential, which is the topic for the final state tournament. If any of these topics spark your interest, I suggest joining the team. Last year, our La Cañada team won 4th place in Global Issues and 1st place in Scenario Wriiting at State Bowl. They also won 2nd and 7th in Scenario Writing at internationals! Who knows? You might bring back a trophy for the La Cañada team.
Curious to join? Talk to Selena Zhang.
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