Frederick County Public Schools’ students competed Saturday, March 17 in the Western Region Destination Imagination Tournament. Twelve of the school system’s 20 teams placed high enough to earn the distinction of representing the region at the state tournament on April 7 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 Maze Craze, Unlikely Attraction, Treasure, Drop Zone, Change of Tune, and Inside Impact.
“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. I appreciate all the teachers, parents and volunteers who helped to make this opportunity available to our students, and 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 on the Savageness team Garrett Crawford, Holden Meyer, Justin Meyer, Matthew Rollins and Katarina Smith, with team managers Aden Robinson and Amanda Robinson
*Frederick Classical students on the Ultimate Tacos team Eloise Dominesey, Leah Jackson, Celine Lieu, Carlos Montiel, Isaiah Ornsby, Zachary Pierre and Everett Sechler with team manager Anne Sechler
*Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle students on the Patriot Squad team Lilly Carlton, Taylor Daus, Brandon Hoalim, Tino Martinez, Skylar Oland, Andrew Smith and Sean Zupnik with team manager Hazel Campos-Braus
*Kemptown Elementary students on the Green Donuts team Charlie Hapip, Tyler Hess, Wyatt Kigin, Charlie Pearson, Nora Ward and Sophie Ward with team manager Melissa Hess
*Middletown Middle students on the Knights team Isaac Cosgrove, Nicholas Fream, Xylea Keyfauver, Roni Magdison, Neha Nair and Isabella Robey with team manager Dianne Thompson
*Monrovia Seven (from various schools) with elementary students Jenna Ablondi (New Market Elementary), Sophia Ferro, Seth Kelly (Green Valley), Eli Kim (Green Valley), Brady Snyder, Jason Thurston (New Market) and Chandler Ways (New Market), and team manager Jennifer Ways
*New Market Middle students on the Game On team Ben Clowser, Eddy Cretella, Tyler Egyepong, Austin Heeley, Ben Interlichia and Charlie Wurster and students on the Space Turtles team Ashley Alt, Molly Anderson, Gene Cretella, Makayla Egyepong, and Olivia Kaniecki, both with team manager Renee Heeley
*Oakdale Elementary Defenders team students Leo Alvarado, Holden Gessler, Gavin Gonzales and Ayman El-Sharif with team manager Hebba Hassanein and Gigglers team students Lila Grace, Issi Grimm, Maddie Grimm, Payton Reese and Emily Smith with team manager Sharon Grimm
*Oakdale Middle Six Helpiteers team students Kate Bass, Kayla Brightman, Ryan Brightman, Layla El-Sherif, Emily Hartz and Samantha Hartz with team manager Hebba Hassanein
*Windsor Knolls Middle Whoa! team students Skylar Robisch, Nicole Simmons and Duncan Ways with team manager Ron Robisch
*Patriotic Eagles team students Nico Araya, Steven Berger (Oakdale Middle), Adlee Boerum (Oakdale Middle), and Charles Day (Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle) with team managers Patty Berger and Ann Kerstetter-Day