Frederick County Public Schools’ students competed Saturday, March 11 in the Western Region Destination Imagination Tournament. Fourteen of the school system’s 24 teams placed high enough to earn the distinction of representing the region at the state tournament on April 1 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Destination Imagination is an annual worldwide, creative problem-solving competition. To determine winning teams, judges observe how well students use improvisational skills in instant-challenge problems and how well they have prepared for the competition’s long-term challenges. This year’s competition topics were 3-Peat; In It Together; Ready, Willing, and Fable; Show & Tech; and Top Secret.
“The creative problem solving these students exhibited was outstanding,” said Meg Lee, FCPS supervisor of Advanced Academics. “Using critical and creative thinking to solve unique problems and share solutions with others is a skill that is central to developing innovative learners. Special thanks to teachers, parents and volunteers who help to make this opportunity available to our students and to tournament director Dan Henderson for providing a magnificent forum for creativity in our region. Saturday was a great day for FCPS!”
Teams advancing to the state tournament are as follows:
*Ballenger Creek Middle students (two teams)--GraceAnne Deladem, Keira Johnston, Holden Meyer, Ashley Muiruri and Brandon Vu on one team, and Matthew Rollins, Samantha Sharksnas, Katarina Smith and Samiha Vali on the other, with team managers Amanda Robinson and Aden Robinson
*Brunswick Middle students Jason Gnanha, Lane Pellicot, Andrew Renzi and Jacob Winter, with team manager Gina Lindahl
*Frederick Classical Charter students Isobel Dominesey, Sofia Dominesey, Gary Drennan, Jude Hattenberger, James Hensley, Tamor-Lin Nanan and William Turney, with team manager Margaret Pierre Nanan
*Gov. Thomas Johnson/Oakdale Middle students Nico Araya, Steven Berger, Adlee Boerum and Charles Day, with team managers Patty Berger and Ann Kerstetter-Day
*Green Valley Elementary students Jenna Ablondi, Jamie Greskovich, Seth Kelly, Colten Seidor, Jason Thurston, Chandler Ways and Duncan Ways, with team manager Jennifer Ways
*Kemptown Elementary students Calie Bloomfield, Zoe Granger, Charlie Hapip, Brianna Henderson, Tyler Hess, Wyatt Kigin and Emily Piersall, with team managers Nicole Granger and Melissa Hess
*Linganore High students Lincoln Robisch and Garrett Wiehler, with team manager Marie Wiehler
*New Market Middle (three teams)—Molly Anderson, Genny Cretella, Daniel Hester, Natasha Interlichia, India Ismael, Olivia Kanieki and Caitlyn Piccirilli, with team manager Renee Heeley; Jack Brandenburg, Pilar Carballo, Sean Considine, Abby Hall, Hannah Morin, Lily Reynolds and Anna Quackenbush, with team manager Renee Heeley; and Mia Fontanilla, Kate Maerten, Tabitha Moses, Jordyn Vetter and Chloe Williams, with team manager Karen Vetter
*Oakdale Elementary students Desmond Grimm, Ashlyn Gussio, Emma Lachewitz, Mason Miller, McKenzie Mollica, Andrew Smith and Megan Walker, with team managers Sara Lachewitz and Karen Yoho
*Oakdale Middle (two teams)—Kayla Brightman, Ryan Brightman, Bella Carter, Emma Chang, Jacob Demory and Evangeline Gold, with team manager Isaac Chang and Natalia Alvarado, Sarah Cooper, Layla El-Sherif, Emily Hartz and Samantha Hartz, with team manager Hebba Hassanien