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Destination Imagination - Globally Creative

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Two of the four teams from Sulphur Springs Middle School competing in the state Destination Imagination competition qualified for the global finals in Knoxville, Tenn., next month. An eighth grader was also noted to be advancing as a member of both teams.

Olivia Williams is on both the performance and project outreach teams which qualified for state.

The fine arts performance team consisting of Samantha Vargas, Gillian Thomas, Abby Diaz-Deleon, Anden Hammack, Eli Sellers, Hannah Smith and Olivia Williams finished third in state and are advancing. Amber Nix and Clay Hansford are team coaches. The team also won the coveted Renaissance Award at the April 12 state competition in Pflugerville for their performance. 

They advanced to state after capturing first place honors and receiving a DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity at the regional DI meet at Mesquite Poteet High School March 1.

This performance team answered the “Laugh Art Loud” challenge to research works of artists who were born in a nation other than their own. They then had to theatrically present a comic strip based on a work of art created by the artist from the selected nation; create three live comic strip panels; create an “ARTifact” inspired by the work of art; and design and create a “Caption Contraption” for one of the comic strip panels.

The Project Outreach team consisting of Olivia Williams, Nathan Frye, Jose Munoz, Gage Penson, Tyler Griffin and Kasen Price tied for fourth in the service learning competition at state. Michelle Blackmon and Johnny Wells are team coaches. They advanced to state by taking second place honors at region.

The “Pitch and Play” service learning challenge started using the “creative process” to identify and select at least one real community need. They then had to design and carry out a project that addresses the real community need. They use play to meet the project goals, and a team-created “Elevator Pitch” to enlist at least one community partner. Finally, the team had to create a live presentation featuring their project.

The DI Global Finals will be held May 28-31 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.

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