The season has ended for the Delavan-Darien Destination Imagination program, but not before five teams competed well at the state meet in Stevens Point Saturday, April 18.
The squads faced some stiff competition and went up against some amazing challenges from across Wisconsin, said Renee Yartey, one of the district’s DI coaches.
Representing Delavan-Darien at the state meet were two elementary teams, which both placed eighth; two middle school teams, which both placed 11th; and a high school team, which placed 16th. Each team went up against approximately 20 other competitors in their categories.
“As we continue to grow the DI program for Delavan-Darien, we are extremely proud of these results,” Yartey said. “Each year we have touched more students, been involved at more schools and advanced more teams to the State Tournament. As we have told our teams, sometimes the journey is more important than the prize.”
Last year, a single Delavan-Darien DI team advanced all the way to the Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tenn., the first time that has happened since 2002.
While none of the teams placed high enough to advance, the program was proud to offer a high school team again for the first time in recent memory. Also, a student from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School participated with students from Turtle Creek Elementary and Phoenix Middle School.
In fact, the program has grown popular enough with students that some had to be turned away at the start of the season due to a lack of available volunteer coaches and team participation limits.
If you would like to volunteer with a group of like-aged kids and coach a Destination Imagination squad next year, contact Delavan-Darien’s DI Coordinator Michelle Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org. The program anticipates having teams compete at all school levels (elementary, middle, high).