Local Students Advance to State Tournament for Destination ImagiNation®

This elementary team of (from left) Faith Rothkopf, Marlee Hartlieb, Trinity Brown, Juan Ruiz, Jr, Thomas Cobb and Michael Cobb finished in first place with their Wind Visible Science Challenge. CLICK PIC for more images in our gallery.

DELAVAN, WI—Four Destination ImagiNation teams from Delavan-Darien schools participated in the South Central Regional Destination ImagiNation Competition Saturday, March 16, at Badger High School in Lake Geneva. They were among 41 teams that participated from the South Central Region.

The tournament sponsor, Destination ImagiNation (DI), is global non-profit whose mission is to teach the creative process from imagination to innovation.

Destination ImagiNation creates the DI Challenges to call on student skills and talents in many areas, including scientific understanding, theatrical performance, technical prowess, improvisation, and structural engineering. The DI teams spent weeks perfecting their Challenge solutions, and their presentations were bursting with distinctive creativity and innovation.

Of the four competitive teams from Delavan-Darien, finishes included one first, two seconds and one third place. The three teams that took first and second place will proceed to the Destination ImagiNation State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on April 13.

The Elementary Improv team also earned a special DaVinci Award for its unique approach to problem solving. They were recognized for being a well-oiled machine, adding humor to their skit, using a pause and play technique in their skit and having all members equally participate in the Challenge. This team also received the top score for their Central Challenge.

The Middle School team also earned a special Renaissance Award for its effective streamlined planning among all members, very clever use of slogan, adding song, sound effects, and appropriate gestures. The team was animated throughout performance. They also received the top score for their Central Challenge.

At the State Tournament, teams finishing first or second in their divisions qualify for DestiNation Imagination Global Finals, scheduled for May 22-25, in Knoxville, Tenn. That event features teams from 45 states, 7 Canadian provinces and 13 countries.

Each of the teams advancing to State will continue to work on their challenges, refine their props and sets, and practice teamwork before the statewide event.

The full breakdown of team members, challenges and coaches follows:

Science Challenge: Wind Visible, Age Group: Elementary, Place: first place

Challenge: Create and perform a story about the use of wind energy that includes an invisible character and a wind-driven piece of moving art.

Team Managers: Michelle Gardner and Ashley Gaulke

Team and grade:

  • Trinity Brown, 5
  • Marlee Hartlieb, 5
  • Faith Rothkopf, 4
  • Michael Cobb, 4
  • Juan Ruiz, Jr., 4
  • Thomas Cobb, 2

Improvisational Challenge: Change in Realitee, Elementary, second place, and special DaVinci Award

Challenge: Prepare a five-minute improvisational skit during a six-minute preparation time, integrating four elements which are randomly selected at performance time (a dramatic change, a communication technique, team-made t-shirts and a slogan).

Team Managers: Renee and Kofi Yartey

Team and grade:

  • Savannah Perkins, 5
  • Gwen Acheson, 4
  • Juliana Huerta, 4
  • Breanna Yartey, 4
  • Sofia Seitz, 3
  • Gracie Yartey, 2

Improvisational: Change in Realitee, Middle School, second place, and special

Challenge: Prepare a five-minute improvisational skit during a six-minute preparation time, integrating four elements which are randomly selected at performance time (a dramatic change, a communication technique, team-made t-shirts and a slogan).

Team Manager: David Block

Team and grade:

  • Briahna Cardenas, 7
  • Hallie Stirmel, 7
  • Litzy Barajas, 6
  • Caleb Reshkus, 6
  • Melissa Hernandez, 6
  • Esther Jenninga, 6

Technical Challenge: In the Zone, Elementary, third place

Challenge: Design and build 3 to 10 small vehicles that are propelled by at least 3 forms of energy to travel to various target zones. The teams will also present a performance from the point of view of one or more of the vehicles.

Team Managers: David and Dori Block

Team and grade:

  • Alyssa Cardenas, 5
  • Logan Flores, 5
  • MayLin Freitag, 5
  • Olivia Freitag, 5
  • Alexis Washington, 5

Congratulations to all the DestiNation Imagination participants!

About Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Cherry Hill, NJ. It provides numerous programs to developing people’s creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and ability to innovate. It serves people of all ages, and its programs reach pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school and college-level students. For more information, please visit www.destinationimagination.org.

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