A local teacher and his students are finalists in a nationwide contest put on by Samsung. 

It’s called the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, and it challenges students in grades six through 12 to apply STEM skills to find creative solutions to real-world problems impacting their local communities. 

Mr. Phillip Hutcherson and his students in the West Middle School Gifted and Talented math program are focusing on homelessness, and have come up with a way to help those in need access resources. 

Out of thousands of schools that entered, 250 state finalists are chosen based on their strategic proposals. Hutcherson will receive a Samsung tablet for the classroom, and could move on to the next phase of the contest.