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DestiNation ImagiNation teams imagine, achieve success

Kay Vasilakis

Rifle High School was the site of the 2003 DestiNation ImagiNation Regional Tournament on Saturday, April 5. Eighty-two teams from 30 schools on the Western Slope participated in this competition. The Garfield Re-2 School District was represented by 16 teams, and eight of them will advance to the state competition, to be held April 26 at the University of Denver.Re-2 had six teams that received first-place honors, and they will be competing at the state level. Those teams are Nancy Whitcombe’s fifth-grade team from Esma Lewis; Mari Riddile’s MDGs team of eighth-graders from Riverside School; Esma Lewis’ Change in Direction team, managed by Julie Walpole; the combination third/fourth-grade team, the Esma Lewis Gearheads; the fifth-grade Esma Lewis Counter Clockwise team, managed by Janelle Bascom; and the Rifle Middle School seventh-grade team, the RMS Dwarfs, managed by Gretchen Harr. Two of Re-2’s Theater Smarts category teams advanced to the state competition. Terry Lapka’s sixth-grade team, the RMS B.U.M.S, took third place in their division; and David Kosht’s high school team, the Borzoi Depascs, took second place in their division.Mr. Kosht also managed the Unit that Vander-Built, who had no competition because of their category’s difficulty, and will also be competing in that state competition. In this category, one requirement was to incorporate into their storyline the transportation of a cast member to another part of the set using a mechanical device. Thomas Breslin had the idea of using a garage door opener and a bicycle gear to move Hailey McDonald around a corner, and it worked sensationally.Re-2 Gifted and Talented Coordinator Delaine McBride said, “Most people don’t understand the scope of this event. The creativity that goes on is just wonderful. This focuses on the other side of the brain, and the kids have to solve these problems themselves. Many of these kids don’t participate in sports, and this is a great way to get them involved.”She added, “Event coordinator Terry Lapka has put in an incredible amount of time (all volunteer) on this since last May. It was a terrific tournament and a wonderful opportunity to bring such a quantity of creativity to Rifle.”Congratulations to the Re-2 winning teams, all the 16 teams, and the volunteers for their tremendous efforts.The Rifle High School drama department will present the play BUS STOP, which was written by William Inge, and performed on Broadway in the 1950s, on April 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $4 general admission. There will be no pre-sales of tickets to these performances, and tickets will be available at the door. Hailey McDonald will grace the stage as Grace, Katy Long performs as Elma, Nick Long has been cast as Will, Leah Silvieus plays Cherie, Jason Dowd will be Dr. Lyman, Thomas Breslin portrays Carl, Andy George will be Virgil, and Luke Ulmer is Bo. Sarah Gallagher is the student director.


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