Future problem solvers learn about the Tassie devil
St Mary's College student
Hannah Sutton recently travelled to Iowa, USA, to attend the Future Problem
Solving International Conference where she competed in the "Global Issues
Problem Solving International Finals".
Hannah was the first
competitor ever from Tasmania to ever go to these finals! She must have been so
proud and excited to represent Tasmania. She was asked to carry in the flag for
Tasmania, and as a part of this, to dress up in something that represented
where she came from. "As soon as I knew
of this, I knew that there was only one thing I could go as - a Tasmanian
devil!" she said.
Hannah used this
opportunity to raise awareness and interest for the Tasmanian devil and the Save
the Tasmanian devil Appeal. She
participated in a memento exchange, exchanging Tassie Devil wristbands,
stickers and face masks. She then spent
another four weeks in America and used this as an opportunity to constantly talk
to people about the plight of the Tasmanian Devil and how important it is to
ensure their survival in the wild.
Hannah was "stunned by the fact that hardly anyone was aware that
Tasmania existed let alone that a Tasmanian Devil is actually a real animal,
and not just a cartoon!"
Hannah has participated
in the Future Problem Solving Program at St Mary's College since Grade 5. Now in Grade 9 she is off to the national
finals in October! Good luck Hannah and
thanks so much for your support.
dressed as a devil to help spread the world to her conference friends