Months of dedication and determination paid off for ten teams from the Cherry Creek School District as they competed with 1,276 teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries, during the Destination ImagiNation (DI) Global Finals, held May 23-26 in Knoxville, TN.
The JeDI team from Cherry Creek High School, which competed at the university level, rather than the high school level, took first place, beating teams from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
“All of the Cherry Creek School District teams did an outstanding job,” said Pearl Schwartz, a Gifted and Talented teacher at Meadow Point Elementary, who is one of the Cherry Creek Schools Destination ImagiNation Regional Directors. “They demonstrated an extremely high level of creativity, ingenuity and teamwork, and made our entire community very proud.”
Destination ImagiNation is an international, non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Every year, more than 125,000 students participate in DI tournaments, solving open-ended challenges in categories such as technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural engineering, rising stars and project outreach, which involves community service.
Mission Viejo Elementary’s Fire Breathing Jack-o-Lanterns team chose to support military families at Buckley Air Force Base as part of their Project Outreach challenge.
“Our team raised over $800 to purchase diapers, wipes, hygiene products, books, bottles, teddy bears and pacifiers for 60 families with young children,” said team manager Marie Dante, who is a secretary at Mission Viejo. “The team also hosted two donation drives at the school, where we collected new baby supplies and gently-used clothing and toys, which were given to the Airman's Attic, a place where low-ranking officers can get baby items at no cost.”
The Fire Breathing Jack-o-Lanterns placed 16th out of 43 teams in their category. The other Cherry Creek Schools teams finished as follows:
• Buffalo Trail Elementary – BT Challengers – 24th out of 81 teams
• Cherry Hills Village Elementary – Leave a Message at the Tone – 24th out of 48 teams
• Cherry Hills Village Elementary – Roxie Girls – 22nd out of 43 teams
• Dry Creek Elementary – Destination Imagination Awesomeness – 30th out of 70 teams
• Trails West Elementary – The Colorful Cupcakes – 37th out of 57 teams
• Prairie Middle School – Pancakes in a Tree – 19th out of 49 teams
• West Middle School – Edible – 18th out of 75 teams
• Cherry Creek High School – Jelly of the Month Club – 25th out of 41 teams
“We had more teams go to the Global Finals this year than ever before,” said Schwartz. “It’s wonderful that our students excel in a challenging program that encourages academic growth and achievement and prepares them to be successful in our global economy and increasingly complex world.”
Congratulations to all of the Cherry Creek School District DI teams!