County students compete in state DI competition

County students compete in state DI competition

Eight Charles County Public Schools Destination ImagiNation teams advance to the global tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 in Knoxville, Tenn., after winning first, second or third place at the state competition held April 13 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The following teams earned a spot to compete in the global tournament as a first-, second- or third-place winner:

In the Zone challenge

  • John Hanson Middle School, DI Like Donuts team, first place;
  • North Point High School, AC/DI team, second place; and
  • Henry E. Lackey High School, The Little Rascals of Lackey team, third place.

Wind Visible challenge

  • Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Craik Kinetic Inventors team, third place; and
  • Milton M. Somers Middle School and La Plata High School, Breaking Wind team, third place.

Change in Realitee challenge

  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Mustacheo Girls team, third place.

Twist-O-Rama challenge

  • Maurice J. McDonough High School, Out With a Bang team, third place.

Reel to Reel challenge

  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Straight Jacket Ninjas team, third place.

Special awards were also presented to teams and individual students at the competition. The Twist-O-Masters team from Eva Turner Elementary School was presented with the Da Vinci Award, which recognizes teams for outstanding creativity. Sean Huber, a sixth-grader at John Hanson Middle School, also received the Renaissance Award, which recognizes students for outstanding engineering and project design.

Seven other Charles County Public Schools teams were recognized for placing in the top five in their challenge area. They are:

  • North Point, Um… what? team, fifth place, In the Zone challenge;
  • Lackey, PRETZEL Heads team, fifth place, Wind Visible challenge;
  • William A. Diggs Elementary School, Clever Dragons team, fourth place, In Disguise challenge;
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, DI Lightning Bolts team, fourth place, Change in Realitee challenge;
  • La Plata, Dirty Bubbles team, fifth place, Change in Realitee challenge;
  • Arthur Middleton Elementary School, Nerdy Ninjas team, fourth place, Twist-O-Rama challenge; and
  • Turner, Twist-O-Masters team, fifth place, Twist-O-Rama challenge.

Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem solving program for students in grades kindergarten through college and is active in 50 states and more than 40 countries. Teams of up to seven members work to solve different challenges and present their solutions to a panel of judges. Students compete at the regional, state and global levels. For more information on Destination ImagiNation, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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