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Creative genius comes out at DestiNation ImagiNation

Theresa Hamilton
Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services

Rifle High School was crawling with mad scientists with wild hair, jackalopes with pointed antlers, cute bunny rabbits, and cartoon characters galore last weekend.

Nearly 90 teams of elementary, middle and high school students descended upon Rifle for the annual DestiNation ImagiNation regional competition.

The competition challenges the logic, creativity and spontaneity of the students. Children compete in teams of five to seven students, and prepare for a specific challenge. The challenge may include world music, mechanical engineering or a host of other unique and fun problems. Some of this year’s categories included Cartoon Dimensions, the Plot and the Pendulum, and GuessDImate. Re-2 teams prepared for months for last weekend’s regional competition.

Some challenges are more structured than others. The improvisational challenges require teams to create a skit based on factors that are determined just 30 minutes prior to the performance.

The Garfield Re-2 School District had 24 competitive teams, and five rising stars teams compete in this year’s regional competition. Eleven will head to the state competition later this month.

Kathryn Senor Elementary’s third-grade team coached by Darcy Anthony and Christine Singleton placed third.

Rifle Middle School had four teams qualify for state including Brooks Yaphet’s fifth-grade team, Nancy Whitcombe’s sixth-grade team, Janelle Bascom’s sixth-grade team, Terry Lapka’s seventh-grade team and Nancy MacGregor’s eighth-grade team.

Riverside Middle School’s seventh-grade team coached by Mari Riddile qualified, as did all four Rifle High School teams. David Kosht, David Ziegler, Lynda Prendergast and Mari Riddile coached those teams.

For the second straight year, Terry Lapka coordinated the regional competition and kept all 89 teams in the right locations, competition sites on time, and the fun flowing.

“RE-2 was wonderfully represented,” said Garfield Re-2 gifted and talented coordinator, and DI coach, Delaine McBride. “The creativity and teamwork demonstrated by the majority of the students was a pleasure to experience.”

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The Rifle High School track team is extremely appreciative of the donations they have received this year. Pacific Sheet Metal, Dave Davidson, Stereo Unlimited and Kay Hileman each gave a donation to the track program. The money went to purchase a new track computer, and the software to help coordinate the upcoming Rifle Invitational track meet. Thank you to these great community volunteers.

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Upcoming dates in April:

– 12, RHS Jazz Band, RHS auditorium, 7 p.m.

– 15-17, Breckenridge Ski/Music Festival ” RHS Band, Breckenridge

– 15, WES 4th-grade music program, WES, 7 p.m.

– 16, Riverside and KSE Carnival at Riverside Middle School


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