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St. Stephen’s DI team headed to Globals in Nashville

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The “Swines Minus the Flu” Destination ImagiNation team from St. Stephen’s Catholic School in Glenwood Springs is headed to the DI Global competition in Nashville, Tenn., in late May.

During the 2008-09 school year, the Destination ImagiNation program was added as an extracurricular activity to help St. Stephen’s students achieve their academic goals.

Destination ImagiNation teaches creativity, teamwork and problem-solving to students across the United States and in more than 30 other countries. Teams must solve challenges without help from adults, by working together as a team, using critical thinking skills, and devising original solutions for their challenge.



With the help of coaches Danielle Cerise and Laurie Bosco, St. Stephen’s School had six teams participate in the Destination ImagiNation program this year. Participants ranged in age from kindergarten to seventh grade.

Five competitive teams went to the regional tournament in Rifle on March 13, where the fourth grade “Full Combo” team took first place. The Swines Minus the Flu placed second, and The Holy Cowz took third.



The Swines team, made up of sixth- and seventh-graders, went on to take second place in the state finals in Denver last weekend. They will be competing at the University of Tennessee from May 25-29.

The Global tournament will include 1,000 teams from 40 countries. The cost per student to attend is approximately $1,500, and the local team must raise these funds to get to Tennessee by the end of May.

For information on how to help out, contact Kelly Hillbrand at St. Stephen’s, 1885 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs.


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