Local DI teams destined for state meet on April 18
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Eight area elementary, middle and high school Destination Imagination teams advanced from March 14’s Western Slope DI competition held at Coal Ridge High School to the April 18 state competition in Denver.
A total of 82 teams competed at the regional meet. In a DI competition, teams of students pick a theme within one of several challenge categories and prepare a project using research and a variety of other skills.
The Highland Elementary School Candy Wrappers and the Riverside Middle School DI Masters Challenge teams were winners in their respective divisions.
“There are lots of different challenges you can choose from,” said Highland teacher Lancie Marolf, who coached the third-fourth grade Candy Wrappers. “We picked ‘Instinct Messaging,” in which we had to come with a creature that sends and receives messages, and do a skit around that creature. We picked a skunk.”
Destination Imagination teaches students to find their strengths, and focus on what they are good at, Marolf said. Her team also won one of four “Davinci” Awards that were given out.
Riverside’s winning team competed in the ViDio Lit Hits challenge. And Riverside’s Za Zounds Zoogle Zombies and Pint Sized Pipsqueaks finished second and third, respectively, in the middle school category. They both chose the Private DI challenge.
Cactus Valley Elementary School’s Out of the Box Guys took third place in the New Angle challenge to advance to state, and Coal Ridge High’s The Crayon Team took second in the DI Extreme challenge.
Two St. Stephen’s School teams from Glenwood Springs advanced to state as well. The Lorax Music Maniacs finished in a three-way tie for second with the ViDio Lit Hits challenge, and the Party Pirates took third with the Operation Cooperation challenge.
Teams competing at the state meet have a chance to advance to the Global Destination Imagination championships, held in Knoxville, Tenn., later this spring.
Contact John Stroud: 384-9160
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