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Seeley Students Win State FPS Bowl,
Trip to National Finals in Rhode Island

From left: Christopher Mood, Deborah Cahoon, Tim Adams, Jenna Kyle

A team of four Seeley Lake students who have been working together for two years as a Future Problem Solving team reached their goal Friday night at the Montana State Bowl in Kalispell by winning the 1996 First Place Award in the Junior High (Intermediate) Division.

FPS Team #240, eighth graders Tim Adams, Deborah Cahoon, Jenna Kyle, and Christopher Mood, who finished in third place as seventh graders, will represent Montana at the FPS International Conference hosted in June at Providence College in Rhode Island.

Their extemporaneous six-step, two-hour "problems and solutions" analysis of the future uses and misuses of cybernetics in our culture, specifically "mind control" computerized systems, won top points in both evaluation levels against teams from across Montana, from Colstrip to Troy, including Class AA Districts such as Butte and Missoula.

Perceiving illegal/unethical access of mental enhancement systems as the biggest danger, Team 240 proposed a procedure of "block out" controls that would allow the system to continue to be used productively in areas of business, education, and social applications.

The four students must now prepare for a totally different topic for the International Conference, the future status and organization of the United Nations as a world peace institution.

There they will compete with teams from each of the fifty states, as well as provinces of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. During the five day conference, the Seeley Lake Team can also join journalism, art, music, drama, and other motivational activities, with educational tours in the Boston and Providence areas.