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Northeast Times | January 28, 2022

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NISD: Seven Destination Imagination teams advance to state, 38 teams medal at region

NISD: Seven Destination Imagination teams advance to state, 38 teams medal at region

Northwest ISD recently hosted the Destination Imagination Greater Fort Worth Regional Tournament on Feb. 23, 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-six 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. Thirty-eight NISD teams medaled at this year’s tournament. Schools with teams that placed include Beck, Granger, Haslet, Hughes, Lakeview, Nance, Peterson, Roanoke, 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 38 medalist teams, seven will be moving on to the State Tournament on March 22 and 23 in Corpus Christi. Elementary teams advancing to state include Too Legit to Quit! from Thompson, Power Up Peeps from Thompson, Lil Baby Sharks from Granger, and the Brain Builders from Lakeview. Three middle school teams, all from Medlin, have also advanced; Abominable Snow Cones, Fire Breathing Rubber Ducks, and Wombat in Spanish. The Too Legit to Quit! team from Thompson was also awarded the Da Vinci Award for outstanding creativity.

Additionally, teams from Granger, Hughes and Thompson elementary schools as well as Medlin, Pike and Wilson middle schools 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 41 teams participate this year, and they all celebrated with time in the Ta Da Room.

Clark 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.