DI season ends with impressive showing at state meet

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Team Kandy Kids are ready to perform their DI skit last Saturday at state. The team is made up of Turtle Creek fourth graders (from left) Isaias Cardona, Ashton Flores, Ruby Perez, Anna Schluneger, Kyra Wolworth, Gracie Yartey, and fifth-grader Nathally Hernandez. The Kandy Kids competed in the Fine Arts Challenge, “FearyTales.” They took first place at the regional tournament and eighth place at the state tournament. Michelle Gardner coached the team.
The Kandy Kids presented a team-created fairy tale that took place in the Candy Land game. One of the sisters dealt with her fear of being separated from her sister. The students created Lord Licorice’s and King Kandy’s Castles as well as the Rainbow Bridge and Lollipop Woods. The students also designed a pair of mittens and an expressive taffy tree. Queen Frostine was their illusion as she appeared to be floating on a cotton candy cloud. Their Swampy Monster made a last minute appearance to save the day.

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.

Destination ImaginationRepresenting 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.

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“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 dddi@ddschools.org. The program anticipates having teams compete at all school levels (elementary, middle, high).

The Thespian Thix performed their three improv skits last Saturday at State.  The team is made up of DDHS students Payton Zacharias, Mehan Roum, Yesenia Cardenas, Hallie Stirmel, Makayla Graham and Briahna Cardenas.  Nicole Bowen and Tammy Stirmel were their coaches. The Thespian Thix competed in the Improv Challenge, "The Improv Games." They took first place at the regional tournament and 16th place at the state tournament.   The team randomly chose improv games, street performances, situations and settings.  They then performed three two-minute sketches incorporating these elements.  One of their skits was used the telethon improv game set in a town that is underwater.  Their street performance was dance battling dolphins and they dealt with the situation that the river has flooded their house.

The Thespian Thix performed their three improv skits last Saturday at State. The team is made up of DDHS students Payton Zacharias, Mehan Roum, Yesenia Cardenas, Hallie Stirmel, Makayla Graham and Briahna Cardenas. Nicole Bowen and Tammy Stirmel were their coaches.
The Thespian Thix competed in the Improv Challenge, “The Improv Games.” They took first place at the regional tournament and 16th place at the state tournament.
The team randomly chose improv games, street performances, situations and settings. They then performed three two-minute sketches incorporating these elements. One of their skits was used the telethon improv game set in a town that is underwater. Their street performance was dance battling dolphins and they dealt with the situation that the river has flooded their house.

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