The Community Problem Solvers group took home the grand prize from the International Conference.
Flagler Palm Coast High School Community Problem Solvers group "Bulldog Patrol" was earned the Grand Champions award at the Future Problem Solving Problem International Conference, which was held June 5-9, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
FPC Bulldog Patrol formed a proactive school safety initiative that incorporates safety kits, videos, faculty training, drones and K-9 patrol into FPC’s emergency procedures. Read about their project here.
The road to the international competition was paved with achievement for the group, which is made up of students Nick Blumengarten, Sydni Leon, Will Patin, Gabby Jackson, Abbigail Carver and Katia Martynuk.
Bulldog Patrol previously earned Grand Champion at the Florida FPS Affiliate competition in March, which secured an invite to the FPSPI International Competition. Bulldog Patrol also received a $3,000 Social Innovation Fund grant from United Way Volusia-Flagler Counties’ Generation IMPACT board, which will help purchase advanced supplies for the safety kits and expand the model to other areas.
In addition, Bulldog Patrol presented their project at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission meeting, April 9-10, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The invitation to speak came from Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who chairs the commission.
The group was also recognized for its work in school security by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, according to Flagler Schools.