Cypress, TX (June 8, 2016) Two CFISD Destination Imagination teams enjoyed repeated success as third-time winners on Saturday, May 28, when they demonstrated their creativity and problem-solving talents during the Global Finals tournament held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
The culminating event for the 2015-2016 competition year, Global Finals featured 1,464 teams competing in the world’s largest celebration of creativity. More than 17,000 people representing 20-plus countries came together for the event.
Throughout the week, teams competed twice: once in an Instant Challenge and a second time in their main challenge. In addition to competition, students traded DI pins and made friends from states and around the world, attended a “Duct Tape Ball” and honed their creativity skills when they participated in a variety of workshops and fun-filled activities.
The Gravity Stoppers, the eighth-grade team from Smith Middle School comprised of Corey Grimes, Micah McAfoose, Mick McAfoose, Mitchell McAfoose, Karlie Morton, Rebecca Mundo and Eli Thomas, earned eighth place among 89 middle-level teams for its creative newsflash in the Close Encounters Improvisational Challenge.
“I am so proud of my Gravity Stoppers,” said Nanci Grimes, Gravity Stoppers team sponsor. “For six years, this team has worked hard and missed forwarding to state by mere points. This year, they changed things up and switched from the Building Challenge to the Improv Challenge and they did great! No matter what obstacles come up, they always figure out a way to shine in the end. I call them my ‘clutch crew!’”
At the secondary level, the 10th-grade Rockets team from Cy-Fair High School—Madhavi Aadireddy, Alice Cartes, Christopher Griffith and Amar Moturu—received seventh place in its category of 59 teams for creating a brilliant story about change. The team also designed and built a vehicle large enough to carry Moturu across the competition space in the Technical challenge, Pace of Change.
“I am very proud of how the Rockets team worked and creativity came together for a memorable performance,” said Kathy Cartes, Rockets team sponsor.