The Psychedelic Hippie Kaleidoscopes (9th and 10th grade team from Wayzata High School), took second place in Challenge D – Change in Realitee at Global Finals in Knoxville. The team competed against 72 teams that qualified for Global Finals from 45 states and 14 countries and finished second overall in the improvisational challenge at the secondary level. This earned them a trip across the podium at the closing ceremonies in front of 15,000 people at the University of Tennessee’s basketball arena.
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.
SPAM (fifth grade team from Greenwood) took 10th place in Challenge A: In the Zone, at Global Finals in Knoxville. 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 11th place at Global Finals in Knoxville. In addition to its placing at Global Finals, the Oakwood team was selected as a group winner of a 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Red Wagon Award. The award recognizes groups of young people from across Minnesota who have worked together to increase civic engagement, improve academic achievement and/or show exemplary leadership in their community.
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 Greenwood Maniacs (fourth grade team from Greenwood) took 23rd place at Global Finals in Knoxville. The team selected "Prevent Childhood Obesity" for their project. 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.
Team members include Amogh Kulkarni, Sahil Chugani, Eli Whitman, Naranjani Reddy, Prem Ganesan and Shree Ganesan. The team is managed by Ashu Kulkarni and Simran Chugani.