Two Teams from Denmark Advance to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals


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STEVENS POINT — After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem solving, Denmark students have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals between May 23-26 in Knoxville, TN.

Destination Imagination is an educational program immersing student teams in the creative process needed to solve open-ended challenges. They then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments in hopes of receiving an invitation to Global Finals.

Two Denmark Elementary and Middle School Destination Imagination teams competed in State Competition on Saturday, March 24 in Stevens Point. The teams showed superior creative problem solving ability against 17 other teams from around the state in the elementary division and seven others in the middle school division. Teams needed to solve a technical challenge and an Instant Challenge problem.

Both Denmark teams took first place in their divisions, stamping their tickets to Knoxville.

Additionally, the Middle School Team “We the Carry-On Luggage” earned the highest Instant Challenge score of all divisions. This is an outstanding achievement for the students and their on-the-spot creative problem-solving abilities.

Members of the Elementary School team “Something’s Fishy” are Drew Demmin, Calvin Lamack, Alison Lindsley, Katelyn Demmin, Mya Lamack, Gabe Noth, and Collin Trepanier. They are coached by Dustin Demmin.

Members of the Middle School team We the Carry-On Luggage are Henry Pahlow, Brad Nellis, Ben Lindsley, Donovan Brady, Keaton Fredrickson, Brock Liddicoat, and Cole Brantmeier. They are coached by Dan Pahlow.

They will now compete with other teams at Global Finals in the Maze Craze Technical Challenge, one of seven open-ended challenges that require young people to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in addition to improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork and community service.

The Maze Craze Technical Challenge components consist of having to design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze, design and build a prop that transforms in the maze, design and build a way to remove an object from the maze, create and present a story about a journey through the maze, and finally to create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

“I am so proud of all of our students. We began the season with 7 teams and now that 2 teams are advancing all the way to Globals is just amazing! Our kids are truly exceptional creative problem solvers!” said DI District Coordinator Loriann Link-Ritz.

The students are very excited as well. “Winning at state was the best day of my life!” said Fifth Grader Gabe Noth.

Denmark students are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams from 45 states and 14 countries that will advance to Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. More than 17,000 people attend the event each year.

“The Destination Imagination Program allows students K-College to learn and experience the creative process. Quantitative reasoning, problem solving, risk taking, collaboration, presentations and thinking on your feet are some of the important skills learned in the program,” said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination.

“The DI competition requires students to work through some very demanding critical thinking and problem solving assignments that strengthen our educational systems by enhancing the learning processes taking place in the classroom,” declared Cadle.  “We’ve seen the development of superior aptitudes in analytical thinking, leadership, project management, teamwork, communication, research and innovation in hundreds of thousands of youth since our organization’s inception almost three decades ago, and we believe Destination Imagination has the potential to bridge the gap between what is taught in our schools and the thinking skills our youth will need to succeed in the world of the future.”

Destination Imagination, Inc. dedicates itself to enriching the global community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover using the creative process from imagination to innovation.