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Two MHS Teams Headed To DI Internationals!


Congratulations to the two Moreland Hills Elementary School Destination ImagiNation Teams who have been invited to compete at the GLOBAL competition in Knoxville, Tennessee May 21-24!!!

After months of preparation, Team "Hedgehog Factory" and Team "More Tape"competed first at the regional competition and then at the state level where they received third and fourth place trophies respectively. Their outstanding performances at States enabled them to receive the invitations to the international competition.

Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving, process-oriented program that exists in 48 states and more than 30 countries. Student teams work together without adult interference to solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested on how well and quickly they think on their feet, work together, and devise original solutions that satisfy specific requirements.

“It’s an opportunity for kids to be the boss!” added Gifted Teacher Maggie Gobetz. “It’s all up to them how to solve the challenge, and it helps them use creativity, teamwork, and problem solving to do so!”

Not only must students solve and perform a main challenge, but there is an element of surprise as teams must also complete an “Instant Challenge” in which they must react to a problem and resolve it on the spot. The Team Challenge comes with six topic choices, all with multiple assessments.

"It helps me think on my feet!" exclaimed Hedgehog Factory team member Jaden Polster.

Team "Hedgehog Factory" (above, left) will be making its second appearance at International Finals. The team is comprised of Mason Lurie, Lyla Berns, Clara Briskin, Jaden Polster, Katie Kapp and Abby Thompson. The Hedgehogs compete in the "Improvisational" category with this year's improvisational challenge entitled "Pandemonium." Students had to develop a skit that incorporated a character from the past (a town crier) interacting with a contemporary character (a radiologist), along with make-up, props, and a running storyline.

Team "More Tape" (above, right), competes in the challenge entitled "Laugh Art Loud". Team members, comprised of Beckham Watson, Will Van de Walle, Ben Boardman, Ben Stuk, and Orly Wolf, must select select a piece of artwork around which they write and perform a skit. The students chose Don Quixote and the Chariot of Death. They designed props, a background set and "artifacts" to enhance their performance and even developed a contraption that revealed the words of a life sized comic strip panel.
"DI is probably one of the most fun things I've ever done because you get to be creative and have fun solving problems with friends," said More Tape's Will Van de Walle. "It's hard work, but when you win, it's totally worth it!"

Hedgehog member Mason Lurie agrees.

"In the best of ways ever, DI has officially changed my life."

Congratulations to both teams for your success at the state competition and good luck at the Global Competition!!!

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