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Photo submitted The Singing Structures from Garnet Mesa Elementary School — (front row) Julianna Stagner, Anika Hovel, Lauren Angelo, Joey Siennicki; (back row) Dakota Jesse, Ava Shaball, Augustin Montoya and team manager Dayna Farmer.
Photo submitted Delta Middle School’s Fantastic 4 + 2 More includes team members Emma Roithmayr, Emma Corbasson, Melana McCormick, Carson Roithmayr, Kurtis Nethington and Zach McCormick. Team managers are Alisa Johnson and Megan Shreeves. The team placed second in improv and first in technical at regional competition.
Photo submitted Two teams from Hotchkiss K-8 placed second at regionals in Rifle March 12, and will go on to state competition April 9 at the Auraria Campus of Metro State in Denver. Pictured above is the middle school team, Birthday Fiasco of ‘89: (left to right) Aysia Evans, Ava Taylor, Tel Bullard, Izzi Houseweart and Bailey Miller. Not pictured: Stacy Taylor, manager.
Photo submitted The Hungry Hotchkiss Bulldogs competed at the elementary school level. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Piper Smith, CeCe Houseweart, Sasha Taylor and team manager Rhonda Pinckard; (front row) Mike Smith, team manager, Dylan Evans, Hunter Thompson, Landon Brown and Allen Jones.
Photo submitted The Paonia Junior High Destination Imagination middle level team of (from left) Kai Sorensen, Emma White, Olivia White, Evan White and Zander Sweeney placed first at regional competition with “Get a Clue.” The win qualifies the team for state competition.
Photo submitted Sarah Clark, Linda Hayner, Zoey Shean, Joseph Black, Noah Kevan, Nicholas Serve and Pete Herren are the “Invincible Wolves,” managed by Alisa Johnson. The team from Garnet Mesa Elementary placed first in technical at regional competition.
Photo submitted The Seriously Silly Seven completed in the improvisation challenge “Close Encounters” and took third place, but did not qualify for the state tournament. Team members are Kealy Crawford, Alex Kuta, Ashlynn Kirstatter, Brett Sanchez, Hope Williams, Kelly Finley and Jesus Trevino. The manager of the Lincoln Elementary team is Scott Moore.
Photo submitted Lincoln Elementary’s Fire and Ice competed in the scientific challenge “In Plain Sight” and took second place at regionals, qualifying for the state tournament. Team members are Paige Kehmeier, Juan Jaracuaro, Brooke Suppes, Juelz Sandoval, Jordan Johnson, Alex Ward and Faith Williams. Their manager is Wynn Hurd.
Photo submitted Delta High School is represented by Sara Jurca, Ana Jurca, Claire Corbasson, Sameha Haque and Shoshana Vigil.

Delta County schools were well represented at the regional Destination Imagination (DI) competition in Rifle March 12 -- and nine of the 10 teams qualified for state competition next weekend.

The mission of Destination Imagination is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.

Elementary, middle and secondary teams practiced diligently as they sought solutions to two separate types of challenges: team challenges and instant challenges. They presented their solutions in a tournament-style setting in Rifle.

By working together to develop solutions, participants push the limits of their imaginations to better themselves and best their competition.

Competition will be fierce, but friendly, as 300 teams gather for the state tournament on the Auraria Campus in Denver. First, second and third-place teams in all levels and challenges will advance to the global finals.

Competing at state will be:

• The Avengers from Garnet Mesa Elementary School, who compete in "Get a Clue," elementary level. (No photo available. Team members are Rye Truitt, Xander Graff, Aylin Bayles, Tatem Miller, Willon Rice, Brei Atchley and Morgan Farmer. The team is managed by Heather Carson.)

• The Singing Structures from Garnet Mesa Elementary, in the elemtary level of "Musical Mashup."

• Invincible Wolves from Garnet Mesa Elementary School, competing in the elementary level of "Pace of Change."

• Fire and Ice from Lincoln Elementary School, "In Plain Sight," elementary level.

• Fantastic 4 + 2 More, Delta Middle School, in "Close Encounters," middle level.

• Roasted By Siri from Delta High School, "Close Encounters," secondary level.

• Hungry Hotchkiss Bulldogs from Hotchkiss K-8, "Pace of Change," elementary level.

• Birthday Fiasco of '89 from Hotchkiss K-8, middle level.

• I'm Not Quite Sure How to Pronounce This from Paonia Junior High, competing in "Get a Clue."

The 10th team from Delta County was the "Seriously Silly Seven" from Lincoln Elementary School.

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