Six county DI teams advance to global tournament next month

Six county DI teams advance to global tournament next month

Six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Destination Imagination teams advance to the global finals tournament, scheduled for May 19-24 in Knoxville, Tenn., after winning first, second or third place at the state competition held April 18 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 at the state level:

The Improv Games challenge:

  • T.C. Martin Elementary School, The Neon Improv-ers team, first place at the elementary level. Student members are Sarah Thacker, fifth grade, and third graders Kincade Burroughs, Autumn Forsythe, Peyton Lauterborn, Madelyn Wilson and Lillie Wright.
  • North Point High School, North Point of No Return team, first place at the secondary level. Team members include seniors Katie Polk and Matt Rohrbaugh, and juniors Sydney Gates, Paul Morrissey, Caitlyn Murphy, Jordan Prince and Allison Swegle.

Lose to Win challenge:

  • North Point, North Point 2 Electric Boogaloo team, second place at the secondary level. Members of the team include seniors Arianna Clark, Erin Green, Kylie Green, Joel Rogers and Andre Winkfield, and juniors Dennis Whitley and Morgan Kline.

Creature Feature challenge:

  • North Point and Westlake High School, NPHS/WHS UmmWhat?!? team, third place at the secondary level. Team members include Alex Patton, junior at Westlake, North Point juniors Matthew Essing, Luke Gibson and Thomas Walz, and North Point sophomores Charlotte Nottingham and Madison Stanley.

Making Waves challenge:

  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Davis D.I.Namic Avengers team, third place at the middle school level. Team members include sixth graders Mia Clark, Karly Iriarte, Takiyah Roberts and Erica Rodriguez, seventh graders Zekiyah Jacobs and Aliyah Malazarte and eighth grader Mary Ardita.
  • La Plata High School, Lil Ppl Hate Science team, third place at the secondary level. Team members include senior Matthew McElhaney, and sophomores Justin Cortez, Jennifer Curtis, Tyler Dixon, Sarah McElhaney and Hayden Wright.

Special awards were also presented to two individual students at the competition. North Point seniors Erin Green and Caitie O’Donnell both received a $500 DI college scholarship.

Six other CCPS teams were recognized for placing in the top five in their challenge area. They are:

  • La Plata,, B.R.E.D. team, fourth place, The Improv Games challenge;
  • North Point and Westlake, DITWACA team, fourth place, The Improv Games challenge;
  • Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, Extreme Bulldog’s team, fifth place, Creature Feature challenge;
  • Davis and Matthew Henson Middle School, Lazy Leeches team, fifth place, Feary Tales challenge;
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, DI Food Birds team, fifth place, Brand Aid challenge; and
  • North Point, North Point of No Return team, fifth place, Brand Aid 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 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 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.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.


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