Conant Destination Imagination team qualifies for Globals

  • Ella Weinmann of Jaffrey wears her handmade costume constructed for the Epic Remix Destination Imagination Challenge. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/29/2021 4:41:50 PM

Destination Imagination encourages children to problem solve – and never more so than this year, when teams were forced into a digital format.

Destination Imagination is an organization where teams from grade school to high school work to solve challenges in a variety of categories, using a variety of methods that involve the arts, science and engineering. The Conant High School Destination Imagination team netted a second-place finish in this year’s equivalent to the state competition, earning them a place in the Destination Imagination Globals, typically the height of the competition season.

Team Manager Jill Weinmann said this year has been particularly challenging.

The team, usually consisting of up to seven students, only had two participants this year, Ella Weinmann and Mikayla Johnson.

“A lot of kids decided not to do it this year, because of COVID,” Jill Weinmann said. A lot of meetings went online, and instead of using club resources, a lot of the problem solving had to be done with whatever team members had on hand at their own homes, Weinmann said. But despite those challenges, Ella Weinmann and Mikala Johnson were determined to keep the club going this year.

Weinmann’s daughter, Ella, has been participating in Destination Imagination since she was in the fourth grade, Weinmann said, and she wants to continue the tradition until she graduates.

“I think the main goal was to keep it going,” Weinmann said. “New Hampshire typically has a really strong showing in Destination Imagination, and we didn’t want this program to fade away. It wasn’t an easy year. But Destination Imagination is about taking what you have and making what you can out of it. That could be the theme for this year.”

The Conant team took second in the Northeast virtual tournament in the Epic Remix challenge, where they had to combine a piece of literature with music. The Conant team made a sea shanty out of classical Shakespeare, pulling from the popular Tik Tok trend.

This year, instead of the international in-person Globals competition taking place in Kansas City, Mo., Globals have moved online and will be held in July. Teams will receive a new challenge and have two weeks to find a way to solve it, film their solution and submit it online.

While the Conant team qualified for the competition, Weinmann said logistically, they may not be able to participate.

“I think they made their goal and were able to participate and finish the year, which is what they wanted,” Weinmann said.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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