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Student teams capture state awards, advance to Destination Imagination global finals

Sierra Middle School Destination Imagination team

DENVER–As spring returns to Colorado, it brings with it the promise of growth and new possibilities. This is also true of the annual Destination Imagination state tournament, held this year in Denver.

Teams from schools throughout Colorado converged on the Auraria campus on April 12 to demonstrate solutions to the six challenges set forth by Destination Imagination (DI). The challenges are designed to stimulate creative and critical thinking, and encourage problem solving through collaboration.

Twenty-five teams represented Douglas County School District (DCSD) at this year’s statewide meeting of the minds. These teams were among the 66 teams that selected one of the challenges at the beginning of the school year and set out to develop a solution to present at the South Metro DI tournament, held March 15.

Competitions are held for elementary, middle, and high school students. The challenges for each level represent age-appropriate scenarios with an emphasis on a particular theme, such as technical, scientific, fine arts and service to community.

Three teams from DCSD, representing all age brackets, emerged among the top-scoring teams in each challenge. Stone Mountain Elementary, Sierra Middle School, and a combined team representing Highlands Ranch and ThunderRidge high schools qualified to compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals, which will be held May 21-24 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. More than 1,300 teams from the United States and 14 countries will gather to exhibit a plethora of creative solutions to the DI challenges.

The state tournament concluded with recognition for superior achievement, with more teams from DCSD included in the honors.

Franktown Elementary School’s "Dumpster Divas" team received the prestigious Da Vinci Award in recognition of outstanding creativity.

Sierra Middle School and Northridge Elementary School each brought home Renaissance Awards, given to teams that exhibit outstanding design, engineering, execution, or performance.

Destination Imagination State Tournament Results

Da Vinci Award

Franktown Elementary School
“Dumpster Divas”
Team Managers:
Parent Virginia Angus
Parent Staci Teague

 

Adele Angus
Rylie Teague
Kayanna Larson
Kamryn Cahill
Trinity Hennessey
Avery Ciccarone
Olivia Pfister

5th grade
5th grade
5th grade
5th grade
5th grade
5th grade
5th grade

Renaissance Award

Northridge Elementary
"The Greatest Team Ever"
Team Manager
Parent Kim Marlow
 

Sean Marlow
Luke Gailloux
Grady Pytlinski
Cathryn Church
Jack Simmons

3rd grade
3rd grade
3rd grade
2nd grade
3rd grade

Sierra Middle School
"The Bacon Burger Mafia"
First Place, Laugh Art Loud
Team Manager:
Parent Valerie Hoeger
 

Skyler Hoeger
Kate Padrnos
Bailey Reisdorph
Kinsey Barber
Ella Thompson
Mary Dyson

8th grade
8th grade
8th grade
8th grade
8th grade
8th grade

Global Finalists

Stone Mountain Elementary
"Time Traveling Treasure Hunters"
Second Place, Going to Extremes
Elementary Level
Team Manager:
Parent Stefani Hoery
 

Kale Mahoney
Andrew Hoery
Jackson Lane
Ekin Apaydin
Kayla Harris
Trevor Hartle
Blake Myers

3rd grade
4th grade
3rd grade
4th grade
4th grade
4th grade
4th grade

Sierra Middle School
"The Bacon Burger Mafia"
First Place, Laugh Art Loud
Team Manager:
Parent Valerie Hoeger
 

Skyler Hoeger
Kate Padrnos
Bailey Reisdorph
Kinsey Barber
Ella Thompson
Mary Dyson

8th grade
8th grade
8th grade
8th grade
8th grade
8th grade

ThunderRidge and Highlands Ranch HS
"The Technicolor Sporkateers"
First Place, Pandemonium
Team Manager:
Parent Catherine Collins

Caleb Pimmel
Elise Collins
Lesleigh Stabo

 

12th grade
12th grade
12th grade

 

Follow this link for more information on the Destination Imagination Global Finals. 

April 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Franktown Elementary School, Highlands Ranch High School, Northridge Elementary School, Sierra Middle School, Stone Mountain Elementary School, ThunderRidge High School, Gifted Education

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