DI Team Heads to Nationals

Congratulations to six creative and talented Foothill students whose Destination ImagiNation (DI) challenge won them the chance to compete at the global finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, in late May.

The DI team members, all sophomores, are Ryan Hobbs, Shona McCarthy, Alex Monks, Melissa Muller, Nadia Siddiqi and Nick Soldati.

The Foothill DI team competed last weekend at the DI state tournament in Clovis. The team competed against six other senior-level teams from across California, ultimately winning the first-place state title and the chance to advance to the global finals. The team had previously won top honors at the regional competition held at Pleasanton Middle School.

The team, dubbed It's an Ego Thing, tackled the Coming Attractions challenge. They researched two cultures (Celts & Aztecs), created a story that would make a good movie trailer, wrote a script, built a set, made costumes, created a soundtrack and practiced. Their budget for all items used in the presentation could not exceed $125. At the tournament, they had 1 minute to set up and 4 minutes to present. All work and ideas had to come from the team with no adult help.

DI is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the challenge requirements. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills; they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem-solving.

The team is advised by parent Judy Lawrie.

Congratulations to these hard-working and creative students for their amazing victories and best of luck in Tennessee.

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Nadia Siddiqi, Ryan Hobbs, Melissa Muller, Shona McCarthy, Alex Monks & Nick Soldati

Posted Monday, April 2, 2012