Five local DI teams advance to Globals

Five of 13 local Destination Imagination (DI) teams competing in last weekend’s state tournament have advanced to the Global Finals tournament, set for May 22-25 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Placing first in their divisions were a team of Anoka-Hennepin high school students which calls itself Me, Myself, I and That Guy!, Blaine High School’s DIys and Epiphany Catholic School’s Striking Cobras.

Finishing second and advancing was Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy’s Lightning Huskies. Coon Rapids High School’s Awesome Disguise finished third and advanced.

Four teams from Johnsville as well as teams representing Crooked Lake, Franklin and Lincoln elementary schools, and one from Roosevelt Middle School also competed at the state level but did not advance.

The state tournament, staged at Champlin Park High School during a snowy Saturday, April 20, had more than 140 of the best teams from across the state competing to advance to Globals.

Me, Myself, I and That Guy finished as top team in the secondary level of the Change in Realitee category.

The DIys took first place in the secondary level of the In Disguise category.

The Striking Cobras took top honors in the middle level of the Twist-o-Rama category.

Finishing second and advancing the Lightning Huskies competed in the elementary level of the Twist-o-Rama category.

Awesome in Disguise finished third, competing in the secondary level of the Twist-o-Rama category.

Destination Imagination is an educational program that has student teams solving open-ended challenges and presenting their solutions at tournaments.

DI is a challenge and process-based program. In working to solve the challenges, teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking.

The DI program takes place across 48 states and more than 30 countries including Canada, Turkey, Korea, Guatemala, Poland, China, India, Great Britain, Brazil and Singapore.

Destination Imagination teams that advance past regional, state and affiliate tournaments are invited to participate in Global Finals, an annual celebration in which hundreds of teams gather to compete and where fun, creativity, and the talent of the world’s future leaders are on display.

For complete state DI results, visit www.mndi.org and click on “Tournament information.”

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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