Four teams advance to state in Destination Imagination

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A Destination Imagination third-grade team from Sunset Ridge took first place in the team challenge at the regional tournament in Waunakee on Feb. 28 to qualify for the state tournament next month.

The team, Charlie Committed the Crime, is comprised of six students: Marishka Castellino, Jack Dalton, Eric Ma, Gia Shah, Corbin Slinde, and Gabriela Tabone. Derren Slinde is team manager. 

Meanwhile, the DI ACES from Glacier Creek also earned first place in their scientific team challenge, "Making Waves" at the regional tournament to advance to state. The team is comprised of five sixth-grade students: Arber Jonuzi, Calvin Slinde, Edwin Zhang, Poojha Prabaharasundar, and Sohail Shaik. Derren Slinde is team manager.

Two other District teams also took first place in their respective areas and qualified for state. The Those People team took first place out of six teams in the fine art team challenge, "Feary Tales." The Jewelry Crooks team, which is made up of Park students, won the elementary level of the "Lose to Win" team challenge.

The teams will compete at the state tournament, which will be held at UW-Stevens Point on April 18.

Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization that helps more than 200,000 students each year from around the world discover their creativity and develop lifelong critical thinking and collaborative problem solving skills. The United States and 30 countries, including China, Korea, Singapore, Japan and India, are using the program to support existing curriculum by teaching participants skills that give them a competitive edge in the future workforce and in life.

Through its challenge-based learning program, students from the kindergarten to university level develop time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, as well as creative and critical thinking skills. Student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Participants in turn build lifelong confidence in working together to solve any challenge.

Vist the Destination Imagination website for more information.