~9 FISD teams compete in Destination Imagination; 1 advances to State

Cline Rising Stars Team PictureDI winners

Nine Friendswood ISD teams participated in Destination Imagination and one team from Westwood Bales is advancing to State competition.
~~~~ At the tournament that set state qualifiers at Cy-Ranch High School February 15 , the WWB Survivor Divers came in first place in their challenge. This qualified them for State in April in Pflugerville.
~~~~ The team had to research and then present a story about characters who adapt to survive in an extreme environment. Team members are Mara White, Graisa White, Mia Wade, Rylee Dever and Jordan Matejowsky. Team manager is Peggy Matejowsky.
~~~~ The Survivor Divers received the Renaissance Award. It is a special award given to a team that exhibits exceptional engineering or performance.
The way DI works is that only the first and second place teams go on to State. They “honor” third place and up with a trophy, but they let every team know how they did in their division.
The WWB Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies came in third place in their challenge. This team chose the service learning challenge. They had to design and carry out a project that addresses a real community need and create a live presentation that showed the use of an elevator pitch and a community partner. Members included Isabell Revere, Meghan Flanagan, Sophia Hammerle, Jordan Norwood, Gabby Amya, Brooklyn Bordanaro, and Allie McFaddin.
WWB had four other teams who competed but did not place in the top three of their category.
Gifted and Talented Specialist at Windsong and Cline, Ann Moetteli was in charge of a DI team at Windsong, FJH, and Cline.
Windsong Intermediate took third place in the Elementary Structures Division at the Destination Imagination Competition. The team had to create a wooden structure that weighed no more than 120 grams to be placed on a pyramid base. While they performed their 8-minute play, one team member and a parent were adding weights to the structure. This Make Structures Not War teamís structure held 410 pounds when the time ended. The structure- weighing 120 grams- never broke; they simply ran out of room on the safety pole! Team members are Connor Gibson, Ben Cruse, Neelesh Gupta, Paul Yi, Peter Yi and Jake Bender from Westwood Bales.
Friendswood Jr. High was represented by the Brain-Freezers.This sixth grade team built their drama around a snow-cone shop, a courtroom, food specialists, a diva and a courtroom reporter. The team had to include a structure that would hold weights while they were trying to solve the problem of how and why someone was being poisoned. The team also had to construct a prop to be used during the play WHILE the play was in progress. Their structure held a total of 240 pounds. The members of this team are Jena Frazier, Kyle Holcomb, Kayla Huhn, Nicole Huning, David Jones, Rachel Kuehnle and Katherine Ratliff. The group placed fourth.
Cline Elementary sent a group of Rising Stars to the Destination Imagination Competition. These six Second Grade boys had to create a three-act circus which told a story, included a balancing act and geometric shapes. The boys were responsible for making their own props and costumes. They had 8 minutes to perform their circus act in front of a room of judges and their family members. This teamís theme was an “Alien Circus.” Team members were Joaquin Krancher, Jimmy Perry, Wesley Huhn, Matthew Bender, Blake Knowles and Liam Winthrow. Due to this being an elementary team, they cannot advance.
Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Their purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation.
DIís core program is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the challenges.