DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAMS QUALIFY FOR GLOBAL FINALS

April 16, 2015

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Spillane Middle School’s Destination Imagination team, New Odyssey, won first place in the Lose to Win structural challenge at the DI state tournament on April 11. The team will advance to the DI Global Finals May 20-23 in Knoxville, Tenn. Pictured (L-R) are eighth-grade students Sebastian Aguirre (Peter Pan), Rachel Goodwin (Tinkerbell), Peyton Wood (Mad Hatter), Hailey Peacher (Alice), Katherine Zhang (Gretel) and Henry Thurman (Hansel).

April 16, 2015—Six Destination Imagination (DI) teams from CFISD placed among the top six in their respective events at the Texas DI Tournament April 11 at Dallas Skyline High School to advance to the DI Global Finals in May.

CFISD’s 17 entries performed against more than 460 of the top DI teams from throughout Texas.

Spillane Middle School’s team, New Odyssey, won first place in the middle level Lose to Win structural challenge. The team members areRachel GoodwinKatherine ZhangPeyton WoodHailey Peacher,Sebastian Aguirre and Henry Thurman. The team manager is Angela Goodwin.

CFISD’s other first-place team was Oh Look, Something Shiny from Cypress Ranch High School in the secondary level DI Extreme challenge. Team members are Katie BakerBailey DoughertyMason ColemanGabi Sarmiento and Mallory Fondren. The team manager is Jill Fondren. Since this challenge is unique to Texas DI, Oh Look, Something Shiny will not advance to the global tournament.

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Cypress Ranch High School’s DI Team, Oh Look, Something Shiny, won the DI Extreme challenge. Team members are (L-R) Bailey Dougherty, Katie Baker, Gabi Sarmiento, Mallory Fondren and Mason Coleman.

Two secondary teams placed second at the state tournament and qualified for the DI Global Finals:

  • The Rockets from Cy-Fair High School placed second in the Creature Feature technical challenge. Team members are Amar MoturuAlice CartesBlake NallKoustubh NyshadhamNirav Lalsinghani and Nikita Dhar. The team manager is Sarada Moturu.; and
  • Sigma Seven from Cypress Woods High School placed second in the Making Waves scientific challenge. Team members areAbhinav AsharAllyson EcholsRene MolinaPriya NairSophia TangHarry Wang and Anirudh Nair. The team manager is Jagruti Ashar.

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Cy-Fair High School’s DI team, The Rockets, placed second in the Creature Feature technical challenge to qualify for the DI Global Finals. Pictured (L-R) are Blake Nall, Alice Cartes, Amar Moturu, Koustubh Nyshadham, Nirav Lalsinghani and Nikita Dhar.

The following middle level teams qualified for the DI Global Finals:

  • The Brainiac Builders from Goodson Middle School placed fifth in the Lose to Win structural challenge. The team members areMichael NormanAvery HaynesThomas StigallEthan Duongand Colton Sessions. The team manager is Nancy Norman; and
  • The DI Dominators from Cook Middle School placed sixth in the Creature Feature technical challenge. The team members are Ivy KnightMadeline DaiglePayton BorenKaitlyn LacyKyra Burkeand Brenna Lacy. The team manager is Barbara Knight.

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Cook Middle School’s DI Team, the DI Dominators, placed sixth in Creature Feature to advance to the Global Finals. Pictured (near to far) are: Ivy Knight, Brenna Lacy, Madeline Daigle, Kyra Burk, Kaitlyn Lacy and Payton Boren.

The following elementary level team qualified for the Global Finals:

  • The Troublemakers from Black Elementary School placed fifth in the Feary Tales fine arts challenge. The team members are Cole FischerTaylor LeeMeagan LivingstonCali GomesHamza YounusJacob Reilly and Carter Garland. The team manager is Holly Fischer.

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Black Elementary School’s Destination Imagination team, The Troublemakers, placed fifth in Feary Tales to qualify for the DI Global Finals. Pictured (bottom row, L-R) are Taylor Lee, Hamza Younus and Carter Garland; and (top row) Cole Fischer, Jacob Reilly, Cali Gomes, Meagan Livingston, principal Melissa LeDoux and team manager Holly Fischer, Black Elementary second grade teacher. 

The DI Global Finals 2015 will be held May 20-23 in Knoxville, Tenn., where more than 1,300 teams from the USA and 14 foreign countries are expected to gather for the ultimate competition at the “world’s largest celebration of creativity.” Visit www.globalfinals.orgfor more information.

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Cypress Woods High School’s DI Team, Sigma Seven, placed second in Making Waves to qualify for the DI Global Finals. Pictured (L-R) are: Harry Wang, Alyson Echols, Sophia Tang, Priya Nair, Abhinav Ashar, Rene Molina and Anirudh Nair.

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Goodson Middle School’s DI Team, the Brainiac Builders, placed fifth in Lose to Win to advance to the DI Global Finals. Pictured (top row, L-R) are: Thomas Stigall and Avery Haynes; and (bottom row) Colton Sessions, Ethan Duong and Michael Norman. 

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