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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – Sixteen teams representing eight District 196 schools had top finishes at metro-area tournaments in February and March and qualified to compete at the Destination ImagiNation state tournament March 23.

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 eight different challenges: technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improvisation, service learning, early learning and an instant challenge.

The top two or three finishers in each challenge and age level qualified for the state tournament. The 16 qualifying teams from District 196 are listed below by the six challenge categories in which they qualified.

On Target Technical Challenge — The Extraordinary Ordinaries, Dakota Hills Middle School, first place, and Little Neon Monsters, Eagan High School, first place.

Medical Mystery Scientific Challenge — Funny Like Your Funny Bone, Woodland Elementary School, first place; The Lucky Pineapples, Rosemount Middle School, second place, and Balloons and Paper Mache All Day, Dakota Hills Middle, second place.

Monster Effects Engineering Challenge — Cows of the World, Greenleaf Elementary School, first place.

Game On Fine Arts Challenge — Terrific Thinking Turtles, Red Pine Elementary School, first place; The Extraordinary Ordinaries, Dakota Hills Middle, first place; Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies, Woodland Elementary, second place, and Barnacle Boiz, Falcon Ridge Middle School, second place.

Heads Up Improvisation Challenge — Dancing Icicles, Westview Elementary School, first place, and Little Neon Monsters, Eagan High, second place.

Escape Artists Service Learning Challenge — Neon Falafels Not Marshmallow Waffles, Greenleaf Elementary, first place; The Sirens, Rosemount Middle, first place; Za Brilliant Peoples, Falcon Ridge Middle, second place, and Imagination Army, Red Pine Elementary, third place.

Teams that have top finishes at the state tournament will qualify for the Destination Imagination Global Finals, which will be held May 22-25 in Kansas City, Mo

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