Six Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams representing five District 196 schools had top finishes at the state tournament March 23 and qualified to compete at the DI Global Finals in Kansas City, Mo. May 22-25.
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, engineering, scientific, fine arts, improvisation, service learning, early learning and an instant challenge.
A total of 16 teams from District 196 schools qualified for the state tournament at regional competitions held this spring. The six 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.
- Crazy Creators from Woodland Elementary School took first place in the technical challenge. Team members are Austin Lachney, Nora Bishop, Harrison Grommesch, Arushi Panchal and Henry Waldron, and the manager is Alyce Lachney.
- Funny Like Your Funny Bone from Woodland Elementary finished first in the scientific challenge. Team members are Magnolia Maki, Ellie Koenig, Owen Groneberg, Ella Walters and Tyson McCullum, and the manager is Mara Koenig.
- Extraordinary Ordinaries from Dakota Hills Middle School took first place in the fine arts challenge. Team members are Caden Brassow, Adhitya Balasubramanian, Margo Sadler, Harley Gray and Angela Reimann, and the managers are Cyndi and Jon Brassow.
- Little Neon Monstersfrom Eagan High School finished second in the technical challenge. Team members are Billie Alexander, Jake Brassow, Kristin Cullen, Audrey Schwartz and Cassie Sievwright, and the managers are Melissa and Donavan Schwartz.
- Dancing Icicles from Westview Elementary School finished second in the improvisation challenge. Team members are Samuel Geffre, Abigail Cibula, Emma Schwartz, Greta Marcott, Cecilia Reckard, Audrey Vegoe and Anh Nguyen, and the manager is Carolyn McCarthy-Rechard.
- The Sirens from Rosemount Middle School (pictured) finished third in the service learning challenge. Team members are Aryana Fra, Molly Pitzen, Sophia Yorek and Divya Mattaparti (not pictured), and the manager is Marissa Opp.
- Neon Falafels Not Marshmallow Waffles from Greenleaf Elementary School took fourth place intheservice learning challenge and is an alternate for the Global Finals. Team members are Brynn Wagner, Ella Nordquist, Elizabeth Peterson, Evan Beckman, Lucy Burgess and Mason Oudekerk, and the manager is Katie Nordquist.