ST. CLOUD - This week’s All-Star Student is a member of the Future Problem Solving program at St. Cloud Apollo High School. Senior Deanna Winkelman has been a member of FPS since the sixth grade, and now her T-shirt design is representing FPS Minnesota during a special year.

"It’s special because it’s the thirty-fifth anniversary for FPS in Minnesota," says Deanna, "The tree is for the different schools in Minnesota." 

Deanna's design for the FPS Minnesota T-Shirt.
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)
Deanna Winkelman will be attending FPSPI in Ames Iowa.
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)

The t-shirt will be worn by all FPS Minnesota students at both the state and international competition. Carol Winkelman, both Deanna’s mom, and FPS coach, says she is thrilled about the honor.

"Having a student that has worked very hard in FPS, and then accomplishing designing a shirt that will be seen from people from all over different countries, and going to internationals, as a mom that was so thrilling," says Carol.

Carol in talking about the Future Problem Solving Program International. Deanna’s work was chosen to move onto the international competition.

I had to choose from five topics. I ended up choosing enhancing human potential, and then I had to write a 1,500 word story about a problem of enhancing human potential. I wrote about a guy that had an inoperable brain tumor. There was an experiment where they were going to implant someone else’s brain into this guy’s head, and that cured him from the brain cancer. - Deanna Winkelman

Carol thinks it was a great topic to take on and write about.

"When she wrote the first part of the story, we were doing adjustments on it, and it was just amazing what she wrote. In school we had several other people read the story, one young teacher sat there crying because she thought it was so real. I didn't know she was going this far, but it’s amazing," says Carol.

The international competition will be held next month in Ames Iowa. Deanna will be joined by thousands of students from across the United States, as well from China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Deanna will have to work on a new scenario for the competition.

"I have to do it in a group with three other people," says Deanna, "We write one story together." 

Carol says the students are divided up with other students from around the world.

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