Charles County Students Compete in State Destination ImagiNation Competition

LA PLATA, Md. (April 20, 2010)—Six Charles County Public Schools Destination ImagiNation teams advance to the global tournament, scheduled for May 26-29 in Knoxville, Tenn., after winning first or second place at the state level competition held April 10 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The Malcolm Elementary School “DI Like Donuts” team won second place at the elementary level in the DI DIposit challenge. Team members are Adam Roberts, Luke Roberts, Kaitlyn Vance, Alzandra Williams, Adam Park and Rya Nelson. Team managers are Steven and Amy Roberts, and school sponsors are Barbara Campbell and Karen Dempsey.

The “Bulldogs” team from Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School earned second place at the elementary level in the You’re Gonna Flip! challenge. Team members are Kelsey Kluh, Katelyn Kluh, Emily Boggs, Katie Willett, Thomas Still, Tyler Simm and John Frazier. Team managers are Judy Frazier and Jennifer Kluh, and the school sponsor is Tara Zeier.

The William B. Wade Elementary School “The Absent Minded Pandas” team earned first place at the elementary level in the Do or DI challenge. Team members are Carsen Essing, Troi Stubblefield, Mary Kate Cooper, Hannah Lise McMillen, Jaelyn Browne, Angela Kresslein and Gillian Renner. Team manager and school sponsor is Debby Essing.

The “T.H.E. DI Team” group from Theodore G. Davis Middle School received first place at the secondary level in the DI DIposit challenge. Team members are Noah Gibson, Luke Gibson, Matt Essing, Nicholas Essing, Sean Schultz, Ashlynn Stanley and Christopher Paul. Team managers are Mike and Cathy Gibson, and school sponsor is Ann Taylor.

The “Breaking DI News” team, composed of students from Mattawoman and Milton M. Somers middle schools, and students from North Point High School, was awarded second place at the secondary level in the Breaking DI News challenge. Team members are Jackson Burton, Claire Dullea, Erin Green, Kylie Green, Ryan Green, Alexandra Jeffers and Kristopher Lukas. Team managers are Chris Green and Shelly Yost, and school sponsors are Laurie Lijewski and Pat Sitchon.

La Plata High School’s “Cylons” team won second place at the secondary level in the DI-Bot challenge. Team members are Samantha Knuckles, Steven Knuckles, Mackenzie Hooper and Michael Porter. Team manager is Monica Knuckles and school sponsor is Judy Frazier.

Four other Charles County teams were recognized for placing in the top five in their challenge. They are:

-- Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, “Delivers” team, fifth place, Direct DIposit challenge;

-- La Plata, “You’re Gonna Flip!” team, fifth place, You’re Gonna Flip! challenge;

-- Mitchell, “Breaking DI News” team, fifth place, Breaking DI News challenge; and

-- La Plata, “Breaking DI News” team, third place, Breaking DI News challenge.

Destination ImagiNation is an international program dedicated to enhancement of the learning skills, creative problem solving skills, team skills, sportsmanship and knowledge of all students.

Source: Charles County Public Schools

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