Six Charles County Public Schools teams competed at the global Destination Imagination (DI) tournament held May 19-23 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and one team placed among the top 10 schools in their challenge. The Martin Neon Improv-ers team from T.C. Martin Elementary School earned an eighth-place award out of 77 elementary school teams that competed in the challenge, The Improv Games. Team members include Martin third graders Autumn Forsythe, Madelyn Wilson, Lillie Wright, Peyton Lauterborn and Kindcade Burroughs, and fifth grader Sarah Thacker.
Other teams that participated in the global tournament were:
- The Improv Games challenge, North Point of No Return team from North Point High School;
- Lose to Win challenge, North Point 2 Electric Boogaloo team from North Point;
- Creature Feature challenge, NPHS/WHS UmmWhat?!? team from North Point and Westlake high schools;
- Making Waves challenge, Davis D.I.Namic Avengers team from Theodore G. Davis Middle School; and
- Making Waves challenge, Lil Ppl Hate Science team from La Plata High School.
Five CCPS teams served as International Buddy Teams to teams from Mexico, Yukon, China and Turkey. Eight graduating seniors participated in the global finals graduation ceremony in which they were invited to walk across the event stage to receive a DI graduation certificate.
Students also participated in several activities involving creativity, problem solving and team work, including the duct tape costume ball where students made costumes from duct tape. Additionally, student attendees visited the DI pin trading zones where students traded pins with other competing teams.
The competition was divided into elementary, middle and high school team competitions, and featured six challenge categories: Creature Feature, Making Waves, Lose to Win, The Improv Games, Feary Tales and Brand Aid. More than 1,450 teams competed at the global level, and included schools from 48 states and 17 countries. For more information and detailed event results, visit http://globalfinals.org/.
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.
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.