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2nd Conant Destination Imagination team goes to globals

  • Mariah Maki of Jaffrey, left, Wendy Kaufmann of Rindge, Meghan Belletete of Jaffrey, Kaleigh Johnson of Rindge, Tyler Desmarais of Jaffrey and Ryan Rennie of Rindge, members of one of two Conant Destination Imagination teams, learned Monday that, in addition to two other area teams, they too will be making the trip to D-I's global competition in May.

    Mariah Maki of Jaffrey, left, Wendy Kaufmann of Rindge, Meghan Belletete of Jaffrey, Kaleigh Johnson of Rindge, Tyler Desmarais of Jaffrey and Ryan Rennie of Rindge, members of one of two Conant Destination Imagination teams, learned Monday that, in addition to two other area teams, they too will be making the trip to D-I's global competition in May.

  • Conant's Destination Imagination team performs the "In Disguise" challenge, acting out "Snow White" in six minutes without words, last Saturday at a state D-I competition in Salem.

    Conant's Destination Imagination team performs the "In Disguise" challenge, acting out "Snow White" in six minutes without words, last Saturday at a state D-I competition in Salem.

  • Mariah Maki of Jaffrey, left, Wendy Kaufmann of Rindge, Meghan Belletete of Jaffrey, Kaleigh Johnson of Rindge, Tyler Desmarais of Jaffrey and Ryan Rennie of Rindge, members of one of two Conant Destination Imagination teams, learned Monday that, in addition to two other area teams, they too will be making the trip to D-I's global competition in May.
  • Conant's Destination Imagination team performs the "In Disguise" challenge, acting out "Snow White" in six minutes without words, last Saturday at a state D-I competition in Salem.

JAFFREY — Two local Destination Imagination teams are headed to the global competition in May — or is it three?

Following the N.H. state D-I competition in Salem this past Saturday , the first- and second-place finishers in each category get the chance to take their team to the global competition in Tennessee, May 22 to 25. Two local teams made the cut to move on to the global competition, with one of Conant High School’s two teams coming in first in their category and Rindge Memorial School nabbing a second place win in theirs. But the second Conant team fell just short of the mark, coming in third.

On Saturday and Sunday, the kids were disappointed by the news, said Destination Imagination Coach Lori Connolly, who is also a district parent. But by Monday they were getting back to the normal routine and looking forward to the next season. And that’s when Connolly got the call.

The second-place finishers for the High School “In Disguise” challenge were not able to make the trip to the global competition in May, and gave up their spot to the school next in line: Conant.

“You could have blown every one of us over with a feather,” said Connolly. “We never expected this, so we were so in shock.”

Connolly said she and her husband, Tom Connolly , scrambled to hold a mandatory meeting for their team, and the kids had no idea what was coming.

Now all three teams, which are pooling their resources when it comes to fundraising, will have to coordinate their efforts a little bit more. With the extra six students joining them on the trip to globals, their fundraising goal has taken a jump. Connolly said the group needs $12,000 now instead of $8,000.

“It definitely just got harder, but for a very good reason,” she said. “We know that the community will be behind us, and the teams already have lots of things already planned. Now we just have one more team to help us reach the goal.”

The teams have already coordinated plans for a bake sale, car wash, yard sale, raffle and spring bulb sale.

The Conant team that just learned it is going to Tennessee will be resurrecting the skit it did at the regional and state competitions. “In Disguise” is a challenge in which the teams have to get across a concept in six minutes, without any words or written language. The Conant team has created their skit around the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although they came in third in the state competition, the team was recognized with a Renaissance Award for the technical aspects of its set and costumes. The team rigged a glass coffin to rise from a hill, and made a three-faced mask .

The teams are accepting donations, which can be sent care of Destination Imagination to Rindge Memorial School, in support of all three teams.

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

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