Ten Destination ImagiNation teams competed at this year’s state tournament on April 20 at Champlin Park High School and five of them earned first, second and third and two more were named state champions.
(fifth grade team from Greenwood) took first place
in Challenge A: In the Zone, and will be competing in the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee in May. This challenge required them to propel 10 vehicles a distance of 17 feet to an 18 inch square. Their solution was to have two larger vehicles push the other eight vehicles to their destination. Their skit was about a boy and his friend who are turned into cars by his evil genius mother and have to make it to Zone 10 to turn back into real boys.
Team members include Sierra Chen, Charlie Erdahl, E.J. Hanson, Sam Roach, Angela Sun, Anni Wickman and Ian Zukor. The team is managed by Jay Erdahl and Leondra Hanson.
Be the Change
(fifth grade team from Oakwood). took first place and will be competing in the Global Finals in Knoxville in May. This team chose the Project Outreach Challenge; a community service challenge.
They created an anti-bullying campaign which has taken them all the way to the MN Capitol to present their service learning project. Their project included a kindness week at Oakwood in an effort to prevent bullying through kindness. The team made bracelets for every student at Oakwood. Each student signed an anti-bullying pledge to earn their bracelet and all third through fifth grade students took a pre- and post-survey for the team to collect data on what the school learned. Through the help of community partners and reflection Be The Change is exactly what this team is doing.
Team members include Cole Hartman, Grace Kyllo, Katie Polum, Luke Polum, Nirali Somia, Lindsay Tapper and Jonas Wakosky. The team is managed by Therese Polum and Andrea Hartman.
The Psychedelic Hippie Kaleidoscopes
(ninth and 10th grade team from Wayzata High School), took second place in Challenge D – Change in Realitee and are advancing to Global Finals in Knoxville. In this improvisational challenge, the team must create a 5-minute improvisational skit about life after a dramatic change and how the characters adapt to this change. They must also research different communication techniques and integrate them into their skit. Using only white T-shirts and washable markers, team members create all props, sets and costumes within the allotted timeframe. They must also create a slogan from three randomly selected nouns to be integrated into the skit.
This team's improv performance was about the dramatic change to life after there were no more nuts. The team made this apply to both the 'nuts' found at an insane asylum and the food item often found in chocolate bars. Two problems were solved at once, as an unemployed asylum worker, with the help of a former resident invents a new chocolate bar made from other special ingredients. Throughout the performance, the characters communicated in CB radio lingo, including the use of a new slogan about how to properly operate the radio.
Team members include Justin Greenberg, Maia Miller, David Mo, Arman Shah, Abby Trouth and Leighton Zhao. The team is managed by Robb Greenberg and Diane Miller.
The Extreme Team
(fourth grade team from Sunset Hill) took second place at the state tournament and will advance to Global Finals in Knoxville. This team of fifth graders chose the Project Outreach Challenge: Real to Reel. This challenge involves using collaborative problem solving tools to identify and select at least one real community need. Teams must create a movie that documents their service project. They must also evaluate the project and prepare a thorough project review, as well as prepare of live press conference for the tournament. The Extreme Team's solution involves collecting food and raising funds to support Interfaith Outreach and enjoying the journey along the way.
Team members include Sammi Bergren, Joanna Funk, Andie Hansen, Jenna Marquette, Mara Proxhaska and Ava Schaeffel. The team is managed by Lucy Hansen and Amy Sakayan.
(sixth grade team from West Middle School) took third place at the state tournament. This team of sixth graders chose the community service challenge Project Outreach: Real to Reel. The team identified a real community need and created a movie about their project. They also conducted a project review and a live press conference at the tournament. This team’s project involved collecting socks at their school, library and churches for donation to area recovery, nursing and battered family organizations.
Team members include Beau Brinkman, Bella Brinkman, Bennett Brinkman, Olivia Fandrich, Ansley Franco and Wiley Hunt. The team is managed by Kara Fandrich and Cindy Brinkman.
The Greenwood Maniacs (4th graders from Greenwood Elementary) will be advancing to the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee May 22-25. The Greenwood Maniacs participated in Project Outreach: Real to Reel. The purpose of this challenge is to address a community need, develop solutions and create awareness. The team selected “Prevent Childhood Obesity” as the community need. They created awareness about their cause by setting up booths at various community functions, partnered with a local chapter of the Action for Healthy Kids organization, raised funds through partnership programs, and performed a puppet show for kindergartners in their school to tell their story. As a part of the final challenge presentation, the team presented their cause and their project activities through a movie and performed a small skit to describe their efforts. They also had to do a project review and conduct a mock live press conference. This team is managed by Ashu Kulkarni and Simran Chugani.
Team Members include Amogh Kulkarni, Sahil Chugani, Eli Whitman, Niranjani Reddy, Prem Ganesan and Shree Ganesan.