Destination Imagination teams pack up for state

By Pat Sunderland

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.