No prob­lem too big

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Col­lege’s Fu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing team will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the 2013 world fi­nals in the United States.

Tim Gray, Liam Nel­son, Ali­cia Ste­wart and Stephanie Wil­liams won the se­nior na­tional ti­tle in Auck­land last week­end.

Both judges scored the team ahead of Hamil­ton Boys’ High School, Nel­son Boys’ Col­lege and Auck­land’s Kristin Col­lege.

‘‘ Ap­par­ently we blew them away,’’ said Stephanie. ‘‘We weren’t re­ally ex­pect­ing to win so we were all kind of shocked.’’

The fu­ture prob­lem they had to solve was set two decades af­ter a great de­pres­sion that caused free trade to col­lapse.

Each team was given 2 hours 15 min­utes to com­plete a book­let and ac­tion plan to re-in­tro­duce free trade deals be­tween Aus­trala­sia and South East Asia.

They also had to come up with a dra­matic pre­sen­ta­tion to show how their plan would work.

‘‘I think it’s fair to say that our pre­sen­ta­tion was very orig­i­nal,’’ said Stephanie.

‘‘We had bits of Mac­beth, The Mer­chant of Venice, Pi­rates of the Car­ribean and Flight of the Con­chords all fea­tur­ing in it.’’

The four were now look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing at the world fi­nals in In­di­ana next June.

‘‘It will be pretty cool to be able to com­pete at that level where there’s go­ing to be teams from all over the world,’’ Stephanie said.

They would like to thank coach Su­san Han­cock who helped them pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion.

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