May 27, 2015


The Sigma Seven from Cypress Woods High School placed second in the Making Waves challenge at the DI Global Finals. Team members (back row, L-R) are: Abhinav Ashar, Harry Wang, Anirudh Nair and Rene Molina; and (front row) Priya Nair, team manager Jagruti Ashar and Sophia Tang. Not pictured is Alyson Echols.

May 27, 2015—Three CFISD teams placed among the top five in their respective challenges at the Destination Imagination Global Finals, held May 20-23 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The “world’s largest celebration of creativity,” the Global Finals welcomed more than 8,000 innovative young minds to compete in teams while showcasing challenge solutions in a celebration of creativity.

The Cypress Woods High School team, Sigma 7, won second place in the Making Waves challenge in its third consecutive year of reaching the Global Finals. Team members are Abhinav AsharAllyson EcholsRene MolinaPriya NairSophia TangHarry Wang andAnirudh Nair. The team manager is Jagruti Ashar.

“I am truly amazed at what the kids have achieved. I am very proud to see each and every team member using their unique talents and capabilities in the DI tournaments,” Ashar said. “Though the team is very diverse in their talents, they have a fantastic sense of teamwork that we believe is the true essence of DI. They are great kids, and it has been an amazing journey!”

The Spillane Middle School team, New Odyssey, won third place in the Lose to Win challenge. The team also won DI’s most prestigious award, the Da Vinci Award, for combining a unique approach to a solution with exceptional creativity and risk taking. Team members are Rachel Goodwin, Katherine Zhang, Peyton Wood, Hailey Peacher, Sebastian Aguirre and Henry Thurman. The team manager is Angela Goodwin.

“I am so proud of this year’s New Odyssey team. They spent months working on their solution, and it was great to see all their hard work pay off on a global stage,” Goodwin said. “I believe the Destination Imagination program has given these students valuable, real-life skills that will transform how they solve problems for their rest of their lives. I was honored to be a part of that process.”


Team New Odyssey from Spillane Middle School won third place in the Win to Lose structure challenge as well as the Da Vinci Award for combining a unique approach to a solution with exceptional creativity and risk taking. Pictured (top row, L-R) are Henry Thurman, Hailey Peacher and Sebastian Aguirre; and (front row) Peyton Wood, Rachel Goodwin and Katherine Zhang.

The Cook Middle School team, the DI Dominators, won fifth place in the Creature Feature challenge. Team members are Ivy Knight,Madeline DaiglePayton BorenKaitlyn LacyKyra Burke andBrenna Lacy. The team manager is Barbara Knight.

“I am very proud of the Cook Middle School DI Dominators for taking fifth place out of 80 national and international teams at the 2015 Global Finals,” Knight said. “This team has been together since the fourth grade, and this is their third trip to the Global Finals. Well done girls!”


The DI Dominators won fifth place in the Creature Feature challenge. The team members are (L-R) Ivy Knight, Kyra Burke, Kaitlin Lacy, Payton Boren, Madeline Daigle and Brenna Lacy. 

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