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Two District 196 Destination ImagiNation teams have top finishes at state

Two District 196 Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams had top finishes at the state tournament in April and qualified to compete at the DI Global Finals in Kansas City, Mo. May 21-24.

Destination ImagiNation is a worldwide, performance-based competition that develops students' creative skills through problem-solving, improvisation, teamwork and independent thinking. Teams of students ranging from elementary to high school compete by age level in one of eight different challenges: technical, engineering, scientific, fine arts, improvisation, service learning, early learning and an instant challenge.

Four teams from District 196 schools qualified for the state tournament at regional competitions held this spring. The two teams listed below had top finishes at state to earn a spot at the DI Global Finals. Teams that choose to attend must cover their own expenses to make the trip.

  • The Underestimated team from Woodland Elementary School (pictured) took first place in the fine arts challenge at state and went on to take 11th place at the Global Finals. Team members are Lincoln Axelrod, Wynne Birk, Ella Brassow, Connor Gieselman, Brooke Herzog and Kaia Koiziol Wozniak, and parent managers are Jon and Cyndi Brassow.
  • The Super Idea Generators 2.2 from Red Pine Elementary School took second place in the technical challenge at state and chose not to attend Global Finals. Team members are Maddie Garnsworthy, Myles Mademann, Campbell Monssen, Delaney Monssen, Logan Monssen, Olivia Nelson and Kennedy Will, and parent managers are Jen Garnsworthy and Nicole Monssen.

The two other District 196 teams that qualified for the state tournament are the Shooting Stars and FrogsCanTrickYou, both from Westview Elementary School.