DELAVAN, WI—Continuing a tradition of growth and excellence, six Delavan-Darien Destination ImagiNation teams participated in the South Central Regional Destination ImagiNation Competition Saturday, March 19, at Badger High School in Lake Geneva.
The teams, with members from five area schools, were among 52 teams that participated from the South Central Region. Four of the teams will be moving on to the upcoming state competition after placing first in their category.
Each 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.
Of the five competitive teams from Delavan-Darien (the sixth team was in a non-competitive division), there were four first-place finishes and one third-place. The top teams will compete at the Destination ImagiNation State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on April 16.
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.
Each of the teams advancing to State continue to work on their challenges, refine their props and sets, and practice teamwork until the State Tournament.
“We are thrilled with the results from the regional tournament,” said Delavan-Darien DI Advisor Michelle Gardner. “Our DI kids are incredibly talented and the judges recognized that. I am proud of each one of our members and coaches for their individual and team efforts. They did a terrific job. We can’t wait for the state meet!”
The full breakdown of team members, challenges and coaches follows.
Fine Arts Challenge: Get a Clue: Middle School, first place, advancing to State
Challenge: The team presented a mystery story in the style of traverse staging. Students designed and constructed a TechniClue that was used to help solve the mystery. The team created three endings as they did not discover, until live on stage, which of the three suspect characters were responsible for the mystery.
Team Managers: Michelle Gardner and Karissa Rothkopf
Team and grade: Kelly Beckman, 7; Alyssa Fonseca, 7; Marissa Torres-Raby, 6; Nathally Hernandez, 6 (attending Phoenix Middle School); Faith Rothkopf, 7; Ethan Yarmo, 7 (attending Our Redeemer).
Improvisational Challenge: Close Encounters: Middle School, first place, advancing to State
Challenge: The team researched eight confined spaces and learnt how to make props of only newspaper. At competition they randomly chose a confined space, news flash and mysterious stranger. They were given three minutes to prepare a skit and create their miscellaneous prop made of newspaper. Their four-minute skit integrated the four elements in a creative portrayal.
Team Managers: Renee and Kofi Yartey
Team and grade: Sophia Brandt Reinhardt, Emily Cameron, Allison Rosencrans, Francheska Sandoval, Anna Sorg, Breanna Yartey (all Phoenix 6th graders).
Improvisational Challenge: Close Encounters: Elementary, first place, advancing to State
Challenge: The team researched six confined spaces and learnt how to make props of only newspaper. At competition they randomly chose a confined space, news flash and mysterious stranger. They were given three minutes to prepare a skit and create their miscellaneous prop made of newspaper. Their four-minute skit integrated the four elements in a creative portrayal.
Team Managers: Renee Yartey, Kofi Yartey and Jess Robertson
Team and grade: Daniel Caraballo, 5; Mayline Reynoso, 4; Cameron Slater, 4; Kylene Yartey, 3 (attending Turtle Creek Elementary); Emma Robertson, 5; and Greta Brandt Reinhart, 4 (attending Darien Elementary).
Technical Challenge: Pace of Change: Elementary, first place, advancing to State
Challenge: The team designed and built a vehicle which operated with two different propulsion systems and carried one team member across the presentation site multiple times. The team presented their skit about a change while their vehicle traveled across the stage.
Team Managers: Cindy Taylor, Mike Taylor and Michelle Gardner
Team and grade: Dakota Taylor, 5; Zak Cameron, 4 (attending Turtle Creek Elementary); Cheyenne Southard, 4 (attending Darien Elementary); William Olson, 4; and Josh Olson, 2 (attending Delavan Christian School).
Science: In Plain Sight, Elementary, third place
Challenge: The team researched the many ways that camouflage is used by organisms in nature. They showcased their research in the visible appearance of their organism. The team’s story included a plot that was caused by the use of camouflage.
Team Managers: Michelle and Emily Gardner
Team and grade: Isaias Cardona, Tom Cobb, Madison Fonseca, Anna Schluneger, Kyra Wolworth, and Gracie Yartey, all fifth graders from Turtle Creek Elementary.
Early Learning: Change in Direction, non-competitive
Team Managers: Maria Trost and Emily Gardner
Team and grade: Jazmin Trost, Rylie Vorpagel and Kadin Vorpagel, all 2nd graders at Turtle Creek Elementary.
If you would like to donate to the DI travel fund for future tournaments, please contact the Delavan-Darien School Administration Office, 262 728-2642, or 324 Beloit St., Delavan.
Congratulations to all the DestiNation Imagination participants!
For more information about DI Contact Michelle Gardner at 262-215-6434, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.