South Park Destination Imagination program made a strong showing with four teams competing at the Colorado state tournament in Denver April 6.
Two teams will go on to the global competition in Kansas City, Mo., in May. The elementary team, The Expired Doritoes, took second place, and the high school team, Thick Gucci Chickens, claimed first.
They are two of about sixty teams (out of over 800) that will be representing Colorado in what is known as the “world’s largest celebration of creativity.”
The Expired Doritoes will be competing in the engineering challenge, Monster Effects. The kids had to build a structure within certain specifications that was as light as possible and held up to 500 pounds.
They then had to test the structure during a presentation in which the appearance of a monster has surprising results. The appearance of the monster had to be accompanied by a technically enhanced special effect.
This team has a wide range of personalities and experience. The kids were able to identify each other’s strengths and, over the past five months, really grew together as a cohesive team to solve this challenge.
Their ability to use individual strengths as a team and communicate well also launched them into first place during the instant challenge part of the competition at both regionals and states.
The high school team chose the scientific challenge, Medical Mystery, to solve. They had to research, create, and present a story about a medical condition that affects the human character. The team had to include a physical representation of the character being affected by the medical mystery. This element was being scored on technical design and innovation.
The team also had to present part of the story in double vision: one action shown from two or more perspectives at the same time.
After placing third at the regional tournament, the team realized that to stay competitive they needed to rework some dialogue and enhance some props. That done, they then lost a team member several days before states.
In true DI spirit, the team stepped up to adapt the play, characters and props to make it work.
“They truly dedicated themselves to the task. With support from DI managers, parents and teachers, the team was able to give all their time and hearts to creating an amazing performance,” said the team manager Becky Baxter.
“We were so proud and elated when called for first place, I’ll never forget the look on their faces.”
Five days, 1,700 teams, 19 countries. These two remarkable teams representing South Park are embarking on an opportunity of a lifetime. Over the next few weeks, they will have numerous fundraising efforts, the first being a dessert auction at South Park Brewery May 5, at 5pm.
A silent auction and live music from Jodi and Friends of Josephine’s Medicine will round out the evening.
The teams have also set up a gofundme page. Any inquiries about the program or fundraising efforts can be directed to the DI coordinator, Gretchen Panicucci, at email@example.com.
We’d like to thank our community for being so supportive of our kids over the years on our DI journey.
Destination Imagination Life lessons. Quotes from the children
“Your imagination can help you create amazing things from thin air.”
“If you don’t work together as a team, you can’t get much done.”
“Improvising can help you think quickly on the spot to solve problems.”
“If you don’t know something right away, you can always figure it out.”
“No matter how hard things get or how impossible they seem you can get through it to succeed.”
“Always try something new and try to thoughtfully improve on what you already have.”
“Don’t give up even if it’s hard, because you can always do it, just have positive thoughts.”
“Teamwork is very important because you can get a lot more done. Creativity helps too.”