Frederick County Public Schools’ students competed Saturday, March 30 in the Destination Imagination Maryland State Tournament at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and won. The Windsor Knolls Middle seventh graders who call them themselves team Woah! took first place in a field of 15 teams competing statewide at the middle school level in the Heads Up! Improvisational Challenge. They also earned the Destination Imagination Renaissance Award for performance excellence.
Students Skylar Robisch, Nicole Simmons and Duncan Ways make up team Whoa! Their managers are Andrea Morley and Rob Robisch. Before competing statewide, they placed first in the Western Regional Tournament as well.
Destination Imagination is an international, project-based educational program that encourages innovation, teamwork and creative problem solving. Students choose one of seven open-ended challenges and work in teams to plan, create and present their solution.
In the Heads Up! challenge, the students quickly incorporated numerous required improvisational elements. They also had to include a “flip” event revealed to them during the performance, requiring them to switch their performance genre from comedy to tragedy and from verbal to nonverbal communication. Team Woah!’s skit began as a sitcom-style comedy that the students had to flip to an improvised nonverbal tragedy.
Winning the state championship qualifies the team to compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals, May 22-25, in Kansas City, Missouri. The team is trying to raise funds to participate. Registration is $5,500 per team. The students are hoping to raise $10,000 for the registration and travel expenses, lodging and meals. Community members wishing to support the students may search GoFundMe for the Windsor Knolls Destination Imagination Globals page.
Left to right are Windsor Knolls Middle students on the Destination Imagination Whoa! team: Nicole Simmons, Duncan Ways and Skylar Robisch.