Junior high team wins Samsung state contest

Members of the Lewistown Junior High School’s GIS Club consult with local officials to develop their proposal for Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” contest.   Photo courtesy of Suzie Flentie


For the  third time in the last four years, Lewistown Junior High School won the Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” state-level contest, and will go on to compete nationally.

Science teacher Suzie Flentie and the school’s Geographic Information System Club submitted a proposal showcasing how technology could improve and coordinate emergency relief efforts throughout Fergus County.

State winners must submit a more complete proposal, as well as a video showcasing the project. Flentie’s team already received advice and suggestions from the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and Fergus County Emergency Services, and is looking for more community guidance as they advance in the competition.

The completed package will be judged to determine who attends the national competition, where the top 10 state teams pitch their projects to a panel of judges in Washington, D.C. The contest ends with three national winners whose schools will each receive a $150,000 technology package.

Flentie credits the GIS club, as well as junior high teachers Katherine Spraggins, Krystal Ferguson, Kim Miller and Brett Shelogowski, for making it this far and taking home the state prize.

“We were really honored to be the state winners, which guarantees the junior high a $25,000 technology package, as well as a video package including a 360 camera, Samsung Galaxy S8 phone and a laptop computer,” Flentie said.

Lewistown Junior High School beat out five other finalists, including Missoula Sentinel High School, Helena Capital High School, Red Lodge High School and Whitefish Middle School. Flentie was thankful for Lewistown’s help in being able to do so.

“Our students and faculty at the Lewistown Junior High School have been active participants in a variety of community activities and projects over the years,” she said. “This fostering of community support is what has made it possible for us to be so successful in the Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” contests.”



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