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These students have a clue when it comes to DI

  • Fourth grader Alex Cummings checks for clues while third grader Kendra Wooster looks on during a practice of their Destination Imagination skit. The Jaffrey Grade School team has advanced to the global competition later this month.  Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey Grade School Destination Imagination team practices its skit before heading off to the global competition later this month.  Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey Grade School Destination Imagination team practices its skit before heading off to the global competition later this month.  STAFF PHOTO BY Nicholas Handy

  • The Jaffrey Grade School Destination Imagination team practices its skit before heading off to the global compeition later this month.  Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, May 02, 2016 7:29PM

Who has stolen the plans for Thomas Edison’s next master invention? If you want the answer, you will have to travel to Tennessee with Jaffrey Grade School’s Destination Imagination team.

The team – unofficially named the Bright Owls – has advanced to Destination Imagination’s global competition, taking place later this month.

The team placed second in the “Get a Clue” fine arts challenge, which tasked them with creating a mystery taking place before 1900 with three suspects.

“We had a homework assignment to research famous people from the time period and chose Thomas Edison in a vote,” said fourth grader Lilly Tullio. “It’s a mystery skit, but there are three different endings, so there is a little improv.”

The team, made up of Tullio, Diego Mendivar, Kritika Aryal, Kendra Wooster, Brandon Areias, Alex Cummings, and Mia Boyd, said the biggest challenge for their skit is traverse staging, meaning the group needs to communicate effectively to two sides of the room.

Even more nerve-wracking for the team was waiting to hear the announcement that they had been picked for globals.

“When they announced third place, we thought we were going to globals, but there was still a change that we could have done the worst,” said Aryal.

“Even if we didn’t advance, we still would have walked away as winners; we worked really hard.”

The Bright Owls and the other two Jaffrey-Rindge teams are collectively raising $28,000 for the trip to globals.

You can contribute by sending a check to JRDI at 82 Fitzgerald Drive, Jaffrey, NH 03452.

The team is currently selling tulip and daffodil bulbs and raffle tickets.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.