On March 27, six young men from Butler High School won the Future Problem Solvers Senior Division team and individual competition in Athens, Ga. They not only outscored students from local high schools such as Davidson and Westside, but nine other Future Problem Solving of America teams.
Benjamin Bennett, Stanley Esaw, Quentin Mays, Travis Moore, SaDarius Thomas and Michael White spent long hours doing research and writing scenarios in preparation for this competition, and deserve recognition and support not only from their peers and teachers but from the Board of Education and the community as well.
Butler will advance to the FPSA International Conference, along with teams from Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand. The six team members are trying to raise nearly $6,000 for their first appearance in the international competition, to pay for lodging, airfare and other expenses.
As a teacher to all of these students, I can attest to their hard work, their character and their deservedness of this honor. They represent what is right and good in our school, and are the real faces of an institution that has endured the glare of bad publicity for far too many years.
Mr. Bennett, Mr. Esaw, Mr. Mays, Mr. Moore, Mr. Thomas and Mr. White need your help to get to Wisconsin. They are not receiving any money from the Board of Education, and they cannot represent their school, their county or their state without financial assistance from the community. If you are interested in helping these six young men, please send your donations to the Richmond County Board of Education, c/o Gifted Program, 864 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.
(The writer teaches science at Butler High School.)