A half-dozen students from three high schools and two middle schools put their heads together, became CRHS Awesome in Disguise and competed against students from around the world at the 2013 Global Destination Imagination Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn.
The result? An eighth-place finish in the Twist-o-Rama category, secondary level.
“There were 20,000 people at Globals and 1,250 teams – 61 teams in our category, so I think we did pretty well,” said Awesome in Disguise team member Shelby Coffey, who just finished her junior year at Simley High School.
DI tournament competition has teams overcoming two challenges: a central challenge and an instant challenge.
For the central challenge, students in the Twist-o-Rama category (secondary level) had to build a weight-bearing structure of six materials.
Awesome in Disguise chose to build its structure of bamboo, cardboard, mylar balloons, newspaper, duct tape and wood glue.
The structure had to hold a 15-pound pressure plate with weight stacked on top. Not only that, the structure had to be twisted after 45 pounds had been loaded on to it – and still hold the weight.
Judges awarded high scores for structures with creative design that also had structural integrity.
The instant challenge gave competitors only two to three minutes to plan a strategy and two to three minutes to present that strategy.
The challenge? Without using spoken words, communicate instructions to teammates through a tarp suspended between them on how to accomplish a specific task.
“It took lots of creative thinking and lots of logical thinking. The instant challenges are the worst,” said Coffey.
DI Global Tournament competitors also received points for the backdrops they constructed and the skits they wrote for the tournament.
For the just-completed Destination Imagination (DI) competition season, Coffey’s teammates included Blaine High School ninth-grader Brittney Allen and her sister Mackenzie Allen, a seventh-grader at Northdale Middle School, Coon Rapids; Perpich Center for Arts Education 11th-grader Matt Moen, a Coon Rapids resident; Roosevelt Middle School eighth-grader Katie Sigler; and Colt Freund, a senior at Coon Rapids High School.
The team was officially called CRHS Awesome in Disguise.
“Not too many kids in high school do DI, so you have to draw from more than one school to make a team,” said Coffey.
Coached by husband-wife team Doug and Marian Boorman, Coon Rapids, the students finished as one of the top two teams at regionals, then placed third at the state competition, but were offered a wild card spot and so were able to advance to the global tournament, putting them among the top 2 percent of DI participants from across the world, said Coffey.
Coach Doug Boorman – who has coached CRHS DI teams for the past 18 years – said he knew his team would do well.
“I really thought they had a shot at the top 10 at globals and they did. They finished eighth,” said Boorman.
Other local teams
Other Anoka-Hennepin Destination Imagination teams competing in the global tournament finished as follows:
• Epiphany Catholic School, “Striking Cobras,” finished tied for 25th place in the Twist-o-Rama category, middle level.
• Blaine High School, “DIys,” finished tied for 33rd place in the In Disguise category, secondary level.
• Anoka-Hennepin High Schools, “Me, Myself, I and That Guy,” finished tied for 43rd place in the Change in Realitee category, secondary level. Coffey and Brittney and Mackenzie Allen also competed on this team during the Global DI tournament.
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