Suntree’s future problem solver wins world


Jesalyn Stilla, third from left at a pre-event in Orlando, placed second in the FPSPI world conference in June.

Suntree Elementary School student Jesalyn Stilla knows how to solve problems and she has the trophy to prove it. 

In June, Stilla was one of 2,200 students with the highest placements, worldwide, who was invited to compete at a higher level at Iowa State University at the Future Problem Solving Program International  (FPSPI) 40th annual International Conference. Students from 40 states and 13 countries participated in a variety of competitions.

According to, “Future Problem Solving Program International stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles.”

Stilla and two randomly selected co-writers from Australia and Alaska formed a team to write a spontaneous multi-part scenario on the topic of Space. Teams needed to organize the scenario so that each member would write a separate section from a different perspective that would work together to form a complete scenario within a two-hour time frame. The completed work earned Stilla and her teammates the second place trophy.

For more information about this recognition, contact Suntree’s gifted teacher, at 321-242-6480 or