HVMS DI team takes 2nd place, one Oak Grove team takes 5th place
Several Destination Imagination teams from schools in Roanoke County competed May 23-26 at the annual global finals in Knoxville, TN. The Hidden Valley Middle School DI team took 2nd place in the middle school, Destination level competition for challenge C.
The HVMS team was tasked to create and perform live a four-minute trailer for an imaginary movie involving characters from at least two nations and including a “cinematic” special effect and an original soundtrack. Two “team choice elements” add to the total score, as does the team’s spontaneous solution to an unrehearsed “instant challenge” they learn about only a few minutes before they must present their solution.
This was their story:
The fiancé of Akimoto, a descendant of Samurai, is kidnapped in Japan by a villainous modern-day Aztec. He hopes to force our hero into bringing him a magical Aztec weapon which will make him invincible. Can the macuahuitl be retrieved despite the traps of a cursed temple? Will the fiancé be sacrificed to Quetzalcoatl?
Three teams from Oak Grove Elementary School also competed at global finals. One team from Oak Grove took 5th place in the elementary level for challenge D. Their challenge was to create a 5-minute improvisational skit about the cause-and-effect relationship between two unrelated news stories and have all their plans suddenly become totally discombobulated by a One-Minute Glitch (OMG)!
Two other Oak Grove teams placed 15th and 41st place in the elementary level competition for challenge E, which was to design, build and test a structure made entirely out of wood and glue to hold weight and contain tournament-provided golf balls and to design and build a delivery device that will deposit the golf balls, one at a time, into the structure. Students were to create and present an original story about a “Captivator,” and integrate the weight placement and golf ball delivery into the story.
More than 15,000 youth, parents and volunteers from the U.S., seven Canadian provinces and 12 foreign countries competed at global finals hosted on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville. New countries joining the Destination Imagination family of nations for this challenge year include Romania, Georgia, the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Panama, Costa Rica, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland, Guam and Vietnam.
Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.
Submitted by Chuck Lionberger, Roanoke County Public Schools.