Three District 196 teams have top finishes at state Destination ImagiNation

Three Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams representing Diamond Path Elementary, Woodland Elementary and Dakota Hills Middle School had top finishes at the state tournament April 25 and qualified for the Global Finals May 22-25 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Seventeen teams from District 196 qualified at regional events to compete at the state tournament. The three teams listed below earned a spot at the Global Finals.

Diamond Path’s “Squishy Flaming Dictionaries” team finished first in the fine arts challenge, In Disguise, elementary level. Team members are Samira Awad, Olivia Beach, Anika Elvrum, Molly Hermann, Henry Johnson, Karl Jorgenson and Gabe Mohs, and coaches are parents Betsy Beach and Melissa Elvrum.

Woodland’s “Little Neon Monsters” team finished second in the technical challenge, In the Zone, elementary level. Team members are Billie Alexander, Nora Anderson, Cecelia Berger, Jacob Brassow, Charlie Dilla, Fiona Gray and Audrey Schwartz, and coaches are parents Donavan and Melissa Schwartz.

Dakota Hills Middle’s “Oh wait, they’re not here!” team finished first in the improvisational challenge, Change in Realitee, middle level. Team members are Josh Groven, Nathan Hassett, Lizzy Sabel and Maddie Westenberg of Dakota Hills, and Lizzie Kleis and Reece Peters of Black Hawk Middle School, and coaches are parents Bob Groven and Kathryn Sabel.

Destination ImagiNation is a competition that develops students’ creative skills through problem-solving, improvisation, teamwork and independent thinking.