An Early Independent School District student placed third at the Future Problem Solving Program International competition earlier this month on the campus of Michigan State University.

In East Lansing, Mich., Early High School student Danielle Contreras teamed up with three other students from around the country and placed third in the Multi-Affiliate Global Issues Competition on June 1. Contreras, who competed in the MAGIC senior division with 11 other teams, became the first EISD student to place internationally at the same competition since 1999.

Contreras and her three teammates — students from Wisconsin, Florida and South Carolina — were given two hours to meet and plan strategies before completing a six-step problem-solving booklet over “Energies of the Future.”

Alaine Cooney, Cameron Hill, Emily Johnson and Ariel Lewis, all representing EHS, competed in the Global Issues Problem Solving’s middle division. Kate Yantis of Early Middle School competed in the MAGIC’s junior division. The middle division placed 12th out of 70 total competing teams. For the Presentation of Action Plan, Yantis, Alex Dobson and Conner Robnet wrote a four-minute skit, titled “Texoz,” parodied “The Wizard of Oz” while explaining their solution “InFusion.”

Prior to the opening ceremonies and parade of flags, coach and high school teacher Peggy Morales said the Early students traded bandanas and Texas Bank pens for tokens with competitors from other states and nations.

Diann Biddle, family engagement specialist for the EISD’s Afterschool Centers on Education program, is also a coach.