Chas. Co. County Students Compete in State DI Competition

LA PLATA, Md. (April 13, 2011) — Seven Charles County Public Schools Destination ImagiNation teams advance to the global tournament, scheduled for May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tenn., after winning first or second place at the state level competition held April 2 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School Crazy Cre8tors team won first place at the elementary level in the Triple Take Road Show challenge. Team members are Leigha Danielson, Jessica Echard, Kellen McKeown, Rachel Ruffin, Haley Shields, Abigail Skinger and Kiersten Walker. Team managers are parent Helen Skinger and Henry E. Lackey High School senior Beverly Skinger. The team also received the state Da Vinci award, which recognizes students for outstanding creativity.

The EEWOTCALUTDIA team from La Plata High School earned first place at the secondary level in the Mythology Mission challenge. Team members are Benjamin Golding, Jacob Johnson and Jessie Glass. Team managers are parents JoAnn Golding and Judy Glass.

The DI Like Donuts team composed of students from Malcolm Elementary School and John Hanson Middle School won second place at the middle school level in the Unidentified Moving Objects challenge. Team members are Rya Nelson, Adam Park, Adam Roberts, Luke Roberts, Kaitlyn Vance and Alzandra Williams. Managers for the team are parents Steven and Amy Roberts.

The UnDIniable Wildcats Team from William B. Wade Elementary School also earned second place in the Mythology Mission at the elementary school level. Team members are Carsen Essing, Troi Stubblefield, Austin Fontaine, Andrew Gausepohl, Gillian Renner, Mercedee Cooper and Hannah McMillen. Managers for the team are parents Debby Essing and Nicki Renner.

Also placing in the Mythology Mission challenge were teams from Milton M. Somers Middle School and Thomas Stone High School. The Teamtastic team from Stone was awarded second place at the secondary level. Student members are Sean Ward, Joey Trefry, Quanetria Carr, Kayla Robben and Owen McIlmail. This team was also awarded a Da Vinci award for their creativity. Team managers are parents Linda Ward and Valeri Trefry.

The Somers Broken Fingers team was awarded second place at the middle school level. Student members are Caitie O’Donnell, Brittanee Thomas, William Remik and Jesse Zeitler. Managers are parents Amy and Christopher O’Donnell.

The Mattawoman et al – The 3 G’s team composed of students from Mattawoman, Theodore G. Davis and Somers middle schools, and North Point High School, earned second place in the Verses! Foiled Again! challenge at the secondary level. Members include students Jackson Burton, Arianna Clark, Claire Dullea, Erin Green, Kylie Green, Ryan Green and Kristopher Lukas. Team managers are parents Christopher Green and Shelly Yost.

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

— William A. Diggs Elementary School, Diggs Sweet and Sassy team, fourth place, elementary level, Unidentified Moving Objects challenge;

— Davis, Davis EPIC Developers team, third place, middle school level, Unidentified Moving Objects challenge;

— North Point, North Point AC/DI team, fifth place, secondary level, Unidentified Moving Objects challenge;

— Diggs, Diggs DI Heroes Return team, third place, elementary level, Mythology Mission challenge;

— Mary H. Matula Elementary School, Matula Marvels team, third place, elementary level, Verses! Foiled Again! challenge; and

— Maurice J. McDonough High School, fourth place, secondary level, Verses! Foiled Again! challenge.

Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem solving program for students in grades kindergarten through college and is active in 50 states and more than 40 countries. Teams of up to seven members work to solve different challenges and present their solutions to a panel of judges. Students compete at the regional, state and global levels. For more information on Destination ImagiNation, visit

Source: Charles County Public Schools

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