Mukilteo ‘DI’ teams advance to global competition
Last updated 4/10/2019 at Noon
Three Mukilteo “Destination Imagination” teams will be competing in the Global Finals in Kansas City, Missouri May 22-25.
The Columbia Elementary-based team Chitty Chatty Narwhals is an all-girl team with members Adelyn Rhynard and Ashlyn Hammons (both fifth grade), Ava Warner, Emma Silva, Penelope Ross and Ella Vergara (fourth grade) and Quinn Poissant (third grade).
The Chitty Chatty Narwhals will compete with other teams in the Medical Mystery challenge, one of seven, open-ended Challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.
“We are so proud of these girls and their recent win. They have spent a substantial amount of time since November preparing for this competition and it definitely paid off. They worked as a team and have developed an intriguing story line, props and costumes,” said Jennifer Carlsrud, Team Manager of Chitty Chatty Narwhals.
A team made up of Explorer sixth graders, Levi Develice and Audrey Garcia, along with Olympic View seventh graders, Alyssa Quevedo and Ella Sackett, took first place at Destination Imagination's Washington State tournament in Kennewick to qualify.
This team competes in improv at the middle school level, and their team name is "Now We Blame The Mustard," an evolution of last year's name "The Ketchup Did It." The team is comprised of kids with three to seven years of DI experience.
A third team made up of Kamiak High School students also qualified for the Global Finals.
This year, over 150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the U.S., as well as 30 countries, in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.
These three teams are among the 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that have advanced to participate in Global Finals 2019.
Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blends STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic Challenges are student-directed and are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think. Teams who participate have the opportunity to present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.
The teams will be conducting various fundraisers to help with expenses. The middle school team will host a site in the Mukilteo Garage Sale, and are looking for locations to host an event for kids to try some DI challenges and a mini puzzle/escape room, as well as hosting a parent's night out babysitting event.
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where student work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Destination Imagination has impacted more than one million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org. For more information about Global Finals, visit http://globalfinals.org/.