Delavan-Darien students shine in Destination ImagiNation

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DELAVAN, WI—Five of the six Destination Imagination teams from Delavan-Darien schools will head to the state meet after participating at the South Central Regional Destination ImagiNation Competition Saturday, March 21, at Badger High School in Lake Geneva. The six teams were among 39 teams that participated from the South Central Wisconsin Region.

Destination ImaginationEach year, the tournament sponsor, Destination Imagination, Inc., creates the Challenges to develop and test student skills and talents in many areas, including scientific understanding, theatrical performance, technical prowess, improvisation, and structural engineering. Destination Imagination (DI) teams have spent weeks perfecting their Challenge solutions, and their presentations typically are bursting with distinctive creativity and innovation.

The DI program continues to grow and excel within the district. This year, Delavan-Darien’s six teams had 38 students from the district, and five schools in Delavan were represented by these teams (DDHS, Phoenix Middle School, Turtle Creek Elementary, Wileman Elementary and Our Redeemer Lutheran School.

Of the six competitive teams from Delavan-Darien, there were three first places, two second places and one fourth place. The first and second placed teams will proceed to the Destination ImagiNation State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on April 18.

At the State Tournament, top teams in their challenge and level qualify to compete with 8,000 other students at DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, in late May. The competition offers an emerging view of the 21st century education-one that has creativity, teamwork and innovation at its core.

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Each of the teams advancing to State will continue to work on their challenges, refine their props and sets, and practice teamwork over the next four weeks.

As a coach and parent, Renee Yartey, is thankful that the District supports the DI program in its schools.

“Over the past five years with the DI program, I have seen actors blossom on stage, designers create works of art, innovators find new solutions, leaders emerge and team members encourage one another,” Yartey said. “These are things that may not happen in a classroom setting or be known from a test.”

The full breakdown of team members, challenges, results and coaches follows.

Fine Arts: Feary Tales, Elementary, first place, advancing to State

Challenge:  Students presented a team-created fairy tale about a character that faces and deals with a phobia. Teams created and designed a functional and expressive artwork as well as a technical illusion which made the impossible seem possible.

Team Name: Feary Tales

Team Manager: Michelle and Ray Gardner

Team and grade: Isaias Cardona, 4; Ashton Flores, 4; Nathally Hernandez, 5; Ruby Perez, 4; Anna Schluneger, 4;Kyra Wolworth, 4; and Gracie Yartey, 4; all from Turtle Creek Elementary.

Improvisational Challenge: The Improv Games: Elementary, second place, advancing to State

Challenge: The team created three independent sketches by integrating randomly selected situations and settings. The team used their research of randomly selected improv games and street performances and incorporated it into their three sketches.

Team Name: SOS – Save Our Skit

Team Managers: Renee and Kofi Yartey

Team and grade: Hunter Childers, 3; Daniel Carabellos, 4; Serenity Jenkins, 2; Cameron Slater, 3; Dakota Taylor, 4; Kylene Yartey, 2 (attending Turtle Creek Elementary) and Mason Stahl, 2, Wilemen Elementary.

 

Science Challenge: Making Waves, Middle School, first place, advancing to State

Challenge: Students designed and constructed an incredible sound machine that produced two different sounds. They also created and integrated two visible displays of sound waves into their presentation.

Team Name: Gummy Tiers

Team Managers: Michelle Gardner and Kari Rothkopf

Team and grade: Alyssa Fonseca, 6; Jacob O’Brien, 7; Faith Rothkapf, 5; Mitchell Stahl, 6; (attending Phoenix Middle School) Ethan Yarmo, 6, Our Redeemer, and Marissa Torres-Raby, 5, Turtle Creek Elementary.

 

Improvisational Challenge: The Improv Games: Middle School, second place, advancing to State

Challenge: The team created three independent sketches by integrating randomly selected situations and settings. The team used their research of randomly selected improv games and street performances and incorporated it into their three sketches.

Team Name: Neon Owls

Team Managers: Renee and Kofi Yartey

Team and grade: Gwen Acheson, Hailey Flores, Juliana Huerta, Allison Rosencrans, Anna Sorg, Breanna Yartey (all Phoenix 6th graders) and Sofia Seitz, 5, Turtle Creek Elementary.

 

Fine Arts: Feary Tales, Middle School, fourth place

Challenge:  Students presented a team-created fairy tale about a character that faces and deals with a phobia. Teams created and designed a functional and expressive artwork as well as a technical illusion which made the impossible seem possible.

Team Name: Comets Party of Terror

Team Managers: Elisa Brandt and David Rhone

Team and grade: Sophia Brandt-Reinhardt, 6; Emily Cameron, 6; Hope Childers, 7; Tori Rhone, 8; and Francheska Sandoval, 6. All students attend Phoenix Middle School.

Improvisational Challenge: The Improv Games: High School, first place, advancing to State

Challenge: The team created three independent sketches by integrating randomly selected situations and settings. The team used their research of randomly selected improv games and street performances and incorporated it into their three sketches.

Team Name: The Thespian Thix

Team Managers: Nicole Bowen and Tammy Stirmel

Team and grade: Briahna Cardenas, 9; Yesenia Cardenas, 10; Makayla Graham, 9; Meghan Roum, 9; Haillie Stirmel, 9; and Payton Zacharias, 9. All students attend DDHS.

ON TO STATE

If you would like to donate to the DI travel fund for future tournaments, please contact the Delavan-Darien School District Administration Office, 262-728-2642.

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.idodi.org.

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One Response to Delavan-Darien students shine in Destination ImagiNation

  1. Lady Ga Ga says:

    Congratulations to my grandsons! Great job, Mitch and Mason!

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