ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- Ten teams of students representing five District 196 schools had top finishes at the Destination ImagiNation (DI) regional tournament in March and qualified to compete at the DI state tournament April 14 at Champlin Park High School.
Of the 10 teams, four are from Shannon Park Elementary School, three from Dakota Hills Middle School and one each from Rosemount Middle School, Northview Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School.
DI 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 five different "challenges" or problem categories.
The following DI teams from District 196 qualified to compete at the state tournament:
- Shannon Park's Argentina Apples, who finished first in the Solar Stage challenge/elementary level;
- Shannon Park's Kids Who Shall Not Be Named, who finished first in the Coming Attractions challenge/elementary 1 level;
- Shannon Park's The Dragon Bolts, who finished first in Coming Attractions/elementary 2 level;
- Shannon Park's The Men, who finished second in the Hold It challenge;
- Dakota Hills Middle's 50 Fingers...For Now!, who finished first in the Assembly Required challenge/middle level;
- Dakota Hills Middle's DiscomBOBulated team, which finished first in Solar Stage/middle level;
- Dakota Hills Middle's Bubbly Chicken Pot Pies, who finished second in Hold It/middle level;
- Rosemount Middle's Periwinkle Fluffy Squids, who finished first in Coming Attractions/middle level;
- Northview's DInomite, who finished second in Coming Attractions/elementary level, and
- Woodland's Bob's the Builders, who finished first in Hold It/elementary level.
In addition, a second team from Rosemount Middle called TGIDI (pictured) is competing in the "Project Outreach" challenge. Teams competing in this community activism challenge compete only at the state tournament. On March 16-17, the six members of team TGIDI held a 24-hour swim marathon in the Rosemount Middle pool. More than 500 people participated in their event and the girls raised more than $10,000 for muscular dystrophy research. (The team is pictured from the day of the swim marathon with 5-year-old Jacob Fox, who is fighting Duchenne muscular dystophy.)
The top two finishers at the state tournament in each challenge area/age level will qualify for the Global Finals, which are held in late May each year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This year's Global Finals will be held May 23-26.
District 196 serves approximately 27,000 students in early childhood, K-12 and special education programs combined, and offers community education programs for residents of all ages. District 196 includes all or part of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and Empire and Vermillion townships. For more information, visit www.district196.org.