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Ten Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams representing six District 196 schools had top finishes at the state tournament April 22 and qualified to compete at the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. May 24-27.

Destination ImagiNation is a worldwide, performance-based competition that develops students’ creative skills through problem-solving, improvisation, teamwork and independent thinking. Teams of students ranging from elementary to high school compete by age level in one of seven different challenges: technical (Show and Tech); engineering (In It Together); scientific (Top Secret); fine arts (Vanished!); improvisational (3-Peat); project outreach (Ready, Willing and Fable), and an instant challenge.

A total of 15 teams from District 196 schools qualified for the state tournament at regional competitions held this spring. The 10 teams listed below had top finishes at state to earn a spot at the DI Global Finals; teams that choose to attend must cover their own expenses to make the trip.

  • Dancing Ombre Otters from Woodland Elementary School finished first in the technical challenge. Team members are Kaira Cullen, Arianna Johnston, Maddie King, Julia Koudelka and Phoebe Noel, and the team manager is Leah Cochenet Noel.
  • Sponsored by Cows from Woodland Elementary finished first in the fine arts challenge. Team members are Caden Brassow, Harley Gray, Diya Nayak, Angela Reimann, Margo Sadler and Vincent Theis, and the team managers are Jon and Cyndi Brassow.
  • Little Neon Monsters from Dakota Hills Middle School finished first in the technical challenge. Team members are Audrey Schwartz, Kristin Cullen, Jacob Brassow, Billie Alexander and Fiona Gray, and the team managers are Melissa and Donavan Schwartz.
  • LoaDIng… from Rosemount Middle School finished first in the project outreach challenge. Team members are Reegan Cannaday, Matthew Pulju, Shannon Kearney, Sarah Gorgoglione, David Conner, Kaitlyn Henry and Zoe Smith, and the team managers are Lee and Eric Neumann and Ashley Cannaday.
  • Lower Expectations from Eagan High School finished first in the engineering challenge. Team members are Drew Agard, Jack Burright, Max Schwartz, Daniel Tschida and Lucas Williams, and the team manager is Darla Agard.
  • Creative Awesomeness from Southview Elementary School finished second in the project outreach challenge. Team members are Finn Dugan, Caleb Keefer, India Rutten, Madison Rutherford, Cassie Hubley, Macy Mueller and Bella Madson, and the team managers are Kristin Rutherford and Stephanie Madson.
  • Drum Roll Please!, a community team from Apple Valley, finished second in the project outreach challenge. Team members are Henry Lambert, Brady Thomas, Abby Duensing, Andrew Seppelt, Grace Swenson and Ella Lambert.
  • In the Barnyard from Woodland Elementary finished third in the technical challenge. Team members are Samson Axelrod, Jacob Braginsky, Navya Gupta, Karen Miller, Maggie Williams and Aidan Zilge, and the team manager is Darla Agard.
  • ManiActs from Rosemount Middle finished third in the improvisational challenge. Team members are Annelise Battaglia, Miriam Kassem, Doha Kassem, Sarah Allen and Lexi Allen, and the team manager is Liz Battaglia.
  • Penguins From Jupiter from Red Pine Elementary School finished fourth in the scientific challenge. Team members are Morgan Becker, Ella Bromley, Allie Gladen, Emily Hopke, Kate Reed and Ashley Swenson, and the team managers are Jeff Becker, Mike Reed and Derek Gladen.

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