Destination Imagination team results

  • —Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • —Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 8:1PM

When you’re up against 92 other teams, it’s difficult to stand out. But not impossible.

Highbridge Hill Elementary School’s Destination Imagination team was recognized at the global competition in Tennessee last week with a Da Vinci Award – given for having a unique approach to a solution, for risk tanking or outstanding creativity.

Though Highbridge only took 39th place for the elementary category’s “Pace of Change” challenge, their creative solution to the requirement that they have a vehicle able to move through two different methods caught the judges attention.

Using a board with wheels on one side, and large, bouncy balls on the other, the team crafted a story around the vehicle having to move from one side of the stage to another as many times as possible in the timeframe of the skit.

“They were really noticeable, because they used the bouncing balls,” said Coach Annette Leel. “One of the appraisers said ‘You kids made my day.’ You have to be really memorable to stand out, because there are so many teams.”

Other teams also got the chance to flex their skills against global competitors.

The Wilton Independent team tied for 23rd place for the “Close Encounters” improv challenge.

Mason Elementary netted 25th place for their “In Plain Sight” challenge, where they had to incorporate the concept of camouflage into their skit.

The Jaffrey-Rindge School District sent three teams to the global competition: one from Rindge Memorial School, one from Jaffrey Grade School, and one from Conant High School.

The RMS team, the Optimistic Octopi, placed 18th out of 48 teams in “The Meme Event,” a social entrepreneurial challenge. In the “Get a Clue” fine arts challenge, the JGS team placed 32nd out of 39 teams, while the Conant team placed 50th out of 55 teams.

“They all had a great time and got to meet lots of people from all over the world and attend workshops and other events hosted by the Global Finals,” said Marcea Gustafson, DI coordinator for the Jaffrey-Rindge School District.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 244 or at asaari@ledgertranscript.com. Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 235 or at nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.