Destination Imagination teams move on to global competition

  • Clockwise from the bottom left, Rindge Memorial's Destination Imagination team Lilly McCarthy, Kayla Whitcomb, Gwen Chandler, Garrett Dubois, Morgan Ketola and Elyse Rogers chill out after completing an instant challenge during a regional competition.

Destination reached. Two of the area’s Destination Imagination teams qualified on Saturday to represent New Hampshire in the organization’s global competition in Tennessee next month.

Rindge Memorial School and Conant High School will each be looking to raise funds to pay for trips to Knoxville in May, where they will show off the performances that have led to regional and state success.

During the state competition in Salem on Saturday, Conant High School landed first place in the “Wind Visible” challenge, while Rindge Memorial School elementary students eked out a second-place finish in the “In Disguise” challenge.

For “Wind Visible,” the teams have to incorporate a form of wind-powered kinetic art into their presentation. Once the piece of art has been started by the wind, some part or parts of it must stay in motion for at least 15 consecutive seconds.

The Conant High School team’s art is a tree, which grows three times in size when activated by two wind turbines, according to region coordinator and Conant coach Robin Whitney.

While Conant High School usually sports at least one team in the global competition, only two of her current team members has been before, Whitney said. In fact, of all the students on both the Conant and Rindge Memorial teams, only the two Conant seniors have experience in the global competition, she said.

“This is very exciting for them,” Whitney said. “Two members have been to globals multiple times, and for the other three this is their first trip. The two seniors are acting as a guide for all of the kids.”

“In Disguise” is a challenge where the team must get across a concept without either spoken or written language in six minutes, according to the Destination Imagination website. The Rindge Memorial team’s skit centers around characters uncovering an ancient Aztec treasure map in a museum, and taking a trip to Mexico to unearth a treasure, said Nicolle Tenters, who co-coaches the Rindge Memorial team along with Jennifer McCall of Jaffrey.

The team experienced a minor glitch when it came time for the performance — their music refused to play. But the show went on, said Tenters, and the group simply went on without it.

“They got a little waylaid by a technical glitch, but they pulled it together amazingly,” Tenters said. “It’s amazing how they came together as a team.”

Most of the Rindge Memorial team members are newcomers to the Destination Imagination scene, and this will be their first trip to the global competition. It’s been some time since Rindge Memorial School has had a competitive Destination Imagination team, and more than 10 years since a team has been chosen to go to the global competition, said Tenters.

“We always knew it was a possibility,” said Tenters of being selected to continue to the global competition. “They keep amazing me with their performance. They’re a great group and they continue to blow my mind.”

Now it’s up to both teams to raise the money needed to get their students to the global competition. To send both teams, it will cost $8,000. The teams are pooling their fundraising efforts, and have already coordinated plans for a bake sale, car wash, yard sale, as well as selling raffle tickets and spring bulbs. Donations can be sent care of Destination Imagination to Rindge Memorial School in support of both teams.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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