Transporter carries RHS team to global finals

Kay Vasilakis

Garfield Re-2 Schools sent eight teams to the DestiNation ImagiNation state competition in Denver last weekend. Students performed their creative problem-solving entries against stiff competition.In the Theater SmARTS category, Terry Lapka’s Rifle Middle School sixth-grade team placed sixth out of 26 teams. David Kosht’s Rifle High School team placed seventh out of 20.Julie Walpole’s Esma Lewis Elementary combined third and fourth grade team placed 13th out of 21 in the Change in Direction category. In the Once Improv a Time category, Janelle Bascom’s Esma Lewis Elementary fifth-grade team placed eighth out of 28 teams, and Gretchen Harr’s Rifle Middle School seventh-grade team, the RMS Dwarfs, placed 12th out of 27 teams.Nancy Whitcombe’s Esma Lewis Elementary fifth-grade team placed fifth out of 27 in the ViDIo Adventure category, and Mari Riddile’s eighth-grade Riverside School team placed fifth out of 15.David Kosht’s Rifle High School team, the Unit that Vander-Built, placed first in the high school competition in the Change in Direction category, and will advance to the Global Finals, to be held May 21-25 in Knoxville, Tenn.The main mechanical component of the RHS team was a transporter system created by Thomas Breslin, which carried Hailey McDonald down a pathway, around a corner, and down another pathway to a juror’s box. “The system worked beautifully. It’s amazing we’ve taken a team to the Global Finals four years in a row,” said Re-2 gifted and talented coordinator Delaine McBride.The Unit that Vander Built’s team members are Thomas Breslin, Megan McBride, Hailey McDonald, Kyle McElroy, Brittany Barth, Travis Kuester and Corina Abney. Good luck at Global Finals!The DestiNation ImagiNation competition takes hard work and commitment. The students learn team-building skills and open their minds to previously untouched levels of creativity.Kindergarten RoundupThe Kindergarten Roundup for Wamsley Elementary will be held from 6-8 p.m. on April 30. For students who will attend Highland Elementary, registration will take place at Esma Lewis Elementary from 6-8 p.m. on May 6.Students living on the west side of Whiteriver Avenue will attend Wamsley Elementary, and students living on the east side of Whiteriver will attend Highland Elementary. Students living on Silt Mesa, in Cottonwood Springs and south of the Colorado River will attend Highland Elementary. Students living north of town along Highway 325 and in west Rifle will attend Wamsley Elementary.To register children for the 2003/04 school year, bring copies of the child’s immunization record, birth certificate, and Social Security card to registration for the child’s school file.RHS Variety ShowThe Rifle High School Variety Show will be presented at 7 p.m. tonight in the Rifle High School auditorium. Tickets are available from any choir student. Student tickets are $3 and adult tickets are $5.The Rifle High School National Honor Society Induction Ceremony is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the RHS auditorium.

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