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Northeast Times | December 2, 2022

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12 Destination Imagination teams advance to state, 50 teams earn medals at region

12 Destination Imagination teams advance to state, 50 teams earn medals at region

Northwest ISD recently hosted the Destination Imagination Greater Fort Worth Regional Tournament on Feb. 15, providing creative academic challenges to students of all ages from across the area.

Destination Imagination cultivates students’ creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM, fine arts and service learning. Team members learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem-solving process.

Seventy-eight teams from Northwest ISD – across elementary, middle and high school – competed regional tournament for the chance to advance to the state tournament. The tournament is composed of a Central Challenge, which teams have worked on since October, and an Instant Challenge. The two scores are combined and teams are ranked, first through sixth place, within their challenge and age group. Fifty NISD teams medaled at this year’s tournament. Schools with teams that placed include Beck, Granger, Haslet, Hughes, Lakeview, Nance, Peterson, Schluter, Seven Hills and Thompson elementary schools; Adams, Chisholm Trail, Medlin, Pike and Wilson middle schools; and Eaton High School. To see the results of medalist teams, click here.

Of the 50 medalist teams, 12 will move on to the State Tournament on April 3 and 4 in Arlington. Elementary teams advancing to state include the Legendary Lions, Claws Are On! Rrrr! from Curtis, Toxic Tiger Sharks from Lakeview, the I Don’t Knows from Nance, OMG! Our Minds Growing from Schluter, Super Silly Seven from Seven Hills, the Greatest Thumbtail Turkeys from Seven Hills and Supa Fries from Thompso. At the middle school level, the Ill-Informed Hot Pockets from Adams and the Sassy Seven from Medlin are advancing. At the high school level, Spicy Goated Turtles and The Omoradian Insiders from Northwest HS and Panic! In the Instant Challenge Room from Byron Nelson High School have also advanced

Additionally, teams from Cox, Granger, Hatfield and Thompson elementary schools as well as Adams and Pike middle schools and Northwest High School earned the highest Instant Challenge score in their division.

The GFW Regional Tournament included the Rising Stars Challenge as well. Rising Stars is the non-competitive division for kindergarten to second-grade students. Northwest ISD had 48 teams participate this year, and they all celebrated with time in the Ta Da Room.

Reid Jones, a senior at Eaton, earned the Magellan Award.  The Magellan Award is given to students who participate in all six challenges over the course of their DI career. The award encourages team members to try new and different ideas, to explore different skills, to think outside the box – or to convert the box into something else entirely. Named after Ferdinand Magellan, the first person to circumnavigate the globe, it reflects the continued striving to reach the stars – and even beyond to the galaxies of the Magellanic Clouds.