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MISD has a Record-breaking Number of Students Advancing to State in Destination Imagination

Twelve Midlothian ISD Teams are Headed to the State Destination Imagination Competition

Midlothian ISD had a district record number of Destination Imagination participants and state advancers this year with 58 total teams and 12 state qualifiers. This program has grown each year, inspiring students to think creatively and work collaboratively with each other.

Destination Imagination is an international, project-based educational program that encourages innovation, teamwork and creative problem-solving. Teams choose one of seven STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), open-ended challenges and then plan, create and present their solution.

The 12 following teams will represent MISD at the state competition in April.

T.E. Baxter Elementary

The Crazy Pandas received 1st place at the regional competition in the Technical Challenge. The team members are Bella Fontenot, Brittany Downing, Christine Ray, Joshua Shackleford, Kingston Ellis, Dalton Ware and Addison Jones. Jennifer Jones and April Downing serve as the team managers.

J.R. Irvin Elementary

The Pawsitive Imagineers received 2nd place in the Science Challenge. The team members are Gabi Peery, Maren Shiffer, Marshall Clayton, Dallas Peck, Ivie Hall, Avery Leonard and Rylee Spencer. Lindsy Shiffer and Amanda Peery serve as the team managers.

 

Longbranch Elementary

The Go Getter Girls received 1st place in the Fine Arts Challenge. The team members are Brenley Soto, Hanna Litke, Jae Beth Gibson, Madison Garcia, Harper Williams and Samantha Gregory. Angie Litke and Donna Garcia serve as the team managers.

LaRue Miller Elementary

The Curious Chameleons received 1st place in the Science Challenge. The team members are Micah Moss, Christian Teufel, Ella Stanley, Kayleigh Malone, Avery Berry and Caroline Riddile. Emily Stanley and Christina Teufel serve as the team managers.

The Dabbing Bananas received 1st place in the Project Outreach Challenge. The team members are Carter Pillar, Hailey Blackstock, Sophie Gorman, Brooks Kent, Grace Gardner and Miracle Alamadun. Hank Pendley and Kim Gardner serve as the team managers.

The Dynamic Dinos received 2nd place in the Improv Challenge. The team members are Micah Moss, Kennedi Phillips, Leighton Garcia, Braydan Gaskey, Kylie Bryan, Addison Seeds and Liam Sturgin. Kim Moss serves as the team manager.

The Thunder Chickens received 2nd place in the Science Challenge. The team members are Cade Walker, Jillian Johnson, Alexis Henderson, Kylie Drain, Salem Bray, Seth Wilson and Piper Anthony. Heather Bray and Sharon Drain serve as the team managers.

Mt. Peak Elementary

The Mt. Peak Dominators received 1st place in the Engineering Challenge. The team members are Anna MacMahan, Carter Poplawski, Carley Edmondson, Drake Lee, Leslie English and Grayson Latham. Nada MacMahan and Francis Poplawski serve as the team managers.

Out of the Ordinary received 2nd place in the Improv Challenge. The team members are Raelee Shahi, Paisley Fikes, Cate Walker, Jack Wright, Stella Saucedo and Amiyah DeGrate. Natalie Fikes serves as the team manager.

Walnut Grove Middle School

The Broadway Burritos received 1st place in the Fine Arts Challenge. The team members are Chloe Turk, Jenna Jacobsen, Pearson Urquhart, Brady Rogers, Grady Jenkins and Kayte Brown. Katie Bergvall and Casey Nelson serve as the team managers.

This is Not a Drill received 1st place in the Engineering Challenge. The team members are Lainey Wolf, Bricen Glover, Gregory Guy, Austin Vang, Payton Culp and Avery Wells. Chris Wolf serves as the team manager.

Walnut Grove Middle School and Frank Seale Middle School

The Avocado Avengers received 2nd place in the Improv Challenge. The team members are Silas Moss, Jaxon Insall, Olivia Lewis, Angelina Bohn, Katy Seeds, Clark Roberts and Sophie Tollefsbol. Kim Moss serves as the team manager.

Two teams also received a special award for outstanding work in their challenges. The Broadway Burritos earned a DaVinci Award for their intricate, detailed set, which included more than 2,000 recycled and collaged items, a life-sized juice box that transforms into a photo booth, and their creative costumes. 

The Pickle Unicorns earned a Renaissance Award for their outstanding skills in design, engineering, execution or performance. They received a near-perfect score for the execution of their sound effects during their performance.

About Destination Imagination 

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit 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 students 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. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 2 million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.