Students place in regional tournament, advance to state

Our Destination Imagination students once again proved that a dash of creativity, a splash of imagination and a heaping of hard work, any problem is solvable. On Feb. 25, 2017, Norfolk Collegiate sent three teams comprised of our sixth-grade students to the Tidewater Regional Destination Imagination Tournament. By the day’s end, two of those teams had received third-place honors and a chance to compete at the state competition in April.  

Destination Imagination encourages students to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Middle school students teamed together to select a challenge which intrigued and stimulated their learning.

The Color Keepers, which consisted of students Sierra Butler, Jillian Reed, Logan Reed, Ahmon Reddix and Blair White, took third-place honors in the fine arts challenge. Their challenge, Vanished, was to create a skit and accompanying materials to show what it would be like if one color were to disappear and how it would change the world.

“They had some technical challenges and quickly put their heads together and reenacted their movie, which impressed the appraisers for both teamwork and problem solving,” said Advisor Claire Fornsel.

Four Guys Burgers and Fries, which was composed of Sam Cantrell, Logan Caras, Zach Farrell and Keithon Williams, participated in the scientific challenge, Top Secret. They were tasked with decoding secret messages and creating a gadget that appeared common place but did something spectacular. The team's parody of a James Bond film impressed the appraisers and landed them a third-place finished and a ticket to the state competition in April.

The Dessert Masters, which consisted of Morgan McLaughlin, Logan Pausch and Drake Rodden, also participated in the scientific challenge.

“They brought a skit that was full of surprises and plays on words that kept the audience and appraisers laughing and looking forward to the next scene,” said Fornsel.

The two third-place teams will be competing at the state level on Saturday April 8, 2017.