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Education Briefs

Garfield Re-2 schools had more than 20 teams compete in the regional Destination ImagiNation tournament held at Rifle High School March 13. Seven of them will be advancing to the state tournament in Denver on April 17.

In the elementary level “Direct Deposit” challenge, the Cactus Valley Brainiacs earned third place to advance. In the middle school level “DI-Bot,” Rifle Middle School’s A.S.K.U.S also finished first. In the middle school level “You’re Gonna Flip” challenge, Riverside’s The Puppet Masters took first place.

Garfield Re-2 teams swept the middle school level of “Do or DI” with Riverside’s Lunatic Ladies taking first, the DI masters taking second and Rifle Middle School’s Kirstyn and the Bad Band Bunch taking third.

And, the team from Coal Ridge High School, Legend Dairy, took first place in the “Do or DI” challenge at the high school level.

The Cactus Valley Flip Flops also won the Spirit of DI award. Fourth-graders Brooke Long and Kirsten Wilson earned the award when, due to circumstances beyond their control, three of their team members and their coach were unable to participate. Long and Wilson continued on in their absence.

One other area school, Carbondale Middle School, will also be represented at the state tournament. The CMS Luminescent Leprechauns took second place in their division.

Destination ImagiNation is an after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Each of the challenges taps into students’ creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

The Glenwood Springs High School Mock Trial teams competed in the state competition at the El Paso County Judicial Center in Colorado Springs March 14-15, placing fourth and 14th.

This year’s case was a civil case, involving the wrongful death of a model in Aspen and a possible conspiracy to destroy a fashion business, involving money and intrigue, beautiful models, a dysfunctional family and a gruesome murder at a public fashion show.

Mock trial students play all the roles of attorneys and witnesses, while real attorneys and judges judge the performances in real courtrooms.

Glenwood’s Team 1 consisted of Isabel Carlson, Chuck Bergren-Aragon, Alex Pototsky, Taylor Goodstein, Megan Gould and Travis Whitman. They were undefeated going into the fourth round and lost a split ballot to William Palmer.

Glenwood Team 3 lost only to their own first team and a good team from Regis. Its members are Grace Gamba, Claire McKenna, Isaac Carlson, Mats Rosen, Eileen Klomhaus, Drew Metzger, and Ericka Arensman.

Megan Gould won an award as best attorney, and Grace Gamba won an award as best witness.

Volunteer coaches were judges Vic Zerbi and Paul Metzger, and attorneys Charlie Willman, Ruben Hernandez, Dennis Walters, Hugh Warder, David Hallford, Tony Hershey, Angela Roff, Wayne Smith and Matt Barrett. Kathy Woodyard is the teacher coach for the team.

Lakewood defeated Palmer for the right to represent Colorado at the National Championships held this year in Philadelphia the first weekend in May.

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