Five Destination Imagination Teams Place at Affiliate Tournament to Qualify for Global Finals

Cypress, TX (April 7, 2016) Five CFISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams from varying grade levels attained repeated success as second-time winners at the 2016 Affiliate Tournament, held April 2 at Anna ISD, north of Dallas. Each group will move on to compete at the DI Global Finals tournament held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the final week of May.

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At the elementary level, Birkes Elementary School’s fifth-grade team, The Punch FacesKaitlyn Harred, Amelia Lindeman, Olivia Parker, Daisye Ray, Faith Wong, and Grace Wong—scored a first-place victory for presenting a mystery story that includes a TechniClue to help solve their mystery in the Get a Clue Fine Arts Challenge.

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At the middle school level, Goodson Middle School’s eighth-grade team named the Brainiac BuildersAvery Haynes, Daniel Hoang, William Hodges, Michael Norman, Vince Pascasio and Luke Tucker—earned first-place medals and a trophy for their solution to the Musical Mashup Structural Challenge, to build a structure that supports weights and plays music.

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The team of eighth-grade students from Smith Middle School’s Gravity Stoppers—including Corey Grimes, Micah McAfoose, Mick McAfoose, Mitchell McAfoose, Karlie Morton, Rebecca Mundo and Eli Thomas—grabbed the fourth-place trophy for its improvisational newsflash in the Close Encounters Improv Challenge.

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At the senior level, the Rockets team from Cy-Fair High School—sophomores Madhevi Aadireddy, Alice Cartes, Christopher Griffith and Amar Moturu—proudly crossed the stage to take first-place honors for creating a brilliant story about change as well as designing and building a vehicle large enough to carry people to win its Technical Challenge, Pace of Change.

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Cypress Woods’ team Alpha Pete Omega—freshmen Sebastian Aguirre, Rachel Goodwin, Hailey Peacher, Morgan Stephens, Henry Thurman and Katherine Zhang—joyfully earned third place for its solution to the Musical Mashup Structural Challenge.

Over the next six weeks, the teams will continue to practice their solution presentations, hone their skills and mentally prepare for the pressure of competing on the global stage. They appreciate the support they have received from their classmates, campuses, families and friends.

“As Dorothy says, ‘There’s no place like home,’” said Stephanie Plant, district coordinator for Destination Imagination. “In this case, the Destination Imagination challenge room is that place for our winning teams.”

Courtesy of the District