The North Fork Valley was mightily represented at the Western Slope Regional Destination Imagination Tournament at Palisade High School on March 10.
Both Paonia and Hotchkiss middle division teams took first place in their categories, and the Hotchkiss elementary team finished second in theirs.
These teams will compete in the State Tournament on April 14 in Denver.
Hotchkiss K-8 had two teams. Their middle level team, Slightly Imperfects, was coached by Sue Everest.
Team members are Isaac Van Horn, Siena Podgorny, Rory Molacek, Katy Parsons, Megan Lange and Echo Miller-Barnes.
The Slightly Imperfects took first place in the middle level "Coming Attractions" Challenge. They also received "The Spirit of DI Creativity and Innovation" special award for their instant challenge.
Also representing Hotchkiss K8 in the elementary level was Rhonda Pinckard's team.
Members are Nadia Hill, Xavier Miller-Barnes, Lexi Wrich, Josh Pachl, Taneal Mautz, Adam Smith and Ava Taylor.
This team placed second in the elementary level "Coming Attractions" Challenge.
Paonia Jr. High earned first place in their middle level "Assembly Required" challenge category at the annual Destination Imagination tournament. The team is coached by Kathy Money-Smith.
Paonia Jr. High's team includes Noah Haswell, Chelsea Meilner, Avery Austin, Alicia Wilmore, Haley Park, Brittney Thliveris and Dominic Harman.
Team managers are Kathy Monet-Smith, Tim and Shauna Meilner.
The team received metals, a trophy, and a special award, "Spirit of Discovery and Imagination."
First time teams from Crawford and Paonia elementary schools each finished fifth in their categories. The North Fork Community Montessori School also had a team compete.
Crawford Elementary School's team was the Crawford Rockers coached by Ivy Strong. Team members are Alyssa Palecki (fifth grade), Alanna Drennan (fifth grade), Candace Johnson (third grade), Kaya Crawford (second grade), Jordyn Vodopich (second grade), Carter Neff (second grade), and Shaylee Odle (second grade)
This was the first year Crawford School fielded a Destination Imagination team, they placed fifth in the elementary level 'Assembly Required' challenge. The team members and coach gained a tremendous amount of insight and experience in how to creatively tackle the team and the instant challenges they were presented.
Paonia Elementary School's team was Lankstart Eagles coached by Merrily Talbott.
Team Members are Logan Green, Alexis Beller, Niccole Jeffries, Katya Schwieterman, Seraya Talbott-Carey (all fourth graders).
This was the first year Paonia Elementary fielded a Destination Imagination team, they placed fifth in the elementary level "Coming Attractions" challenge. They only started practicing in January, and are very proud of how they did, and had a lot of fun.
North Fork Community Montessori School's team was Ballerina's Jester Dances Like a Monkey coached by Melinda Merriam and Nefertiri Weeks.
Team members are Baruch Chase (kindergarten), Ruby Chase (second grade), Sophia Cox (fourth grade), Andy Nyikos (fifth grade), Liam Nyikos (second grade).
They participated in the "Coming Attractions" challenge.
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