Six LRSD DI Teams Advance to Global Finals

After stellar performances at the Destination Imagination (DI) State Tournament, six teams representing five LRSD schools qualified for the Global Finals. Teams from two elementary schools, Carver Magnet and Booker Arts Magnet, will represent LRSD at Global Finals May 25-28 in Knoxville, TN. Teams from three LRSD middle schools, Dunbar Magnet, Pulaski Heights and Horace Mann Magnet, also qualified for the Global Finals.

Two Carver Magnet Elementary School DI teams qualified for the international tournament. The Carver Engineers placed first in Category A: Pace of Change, a technical challenge in which students designed and built a vehicle capable of carrying at least one student across the presentation site multiple times. The challenge also included changing the vehicle propulsion system and movement during the presentation and creating and presenting a story about change. Although Carver Music Squad placed second in the Structural Challenge E: Musical Mashup, in which students design and build a structure that both supports weight and also serves as a musical instrument, the team secured a wild card entry to the Global Finals by winning the Instant Challenge.

Carver Engineers:  Mallory Wilson, Pedro Najera, Madisyn Staton, Ya’mir Campbell, Johsajandi Basilio, Sergio Vasquez, and Pujitha Kaza. Team Managers: Karen and Scott Banks.

Carver Music Squad: Jacob Patton, Dami Jackson, Alexandro Vazquez, Keviyanna Cooper, Taveon Johnson, Lark Dupins and Lucy Triplett. Team Managers: Karen and Scott Banks.

Booker Arts Magnet advanced to the Global Finals by placing second but winning the Instant Challenge in the Scientific Challenge B: In Plain Sight. This challenge included researching and showcasing the many ways in which organisms use camouflage in nature, and creating a story with a plot twist caused by the use of camouflage.

Booker Dancing Dragons: Rebekah Jackson, Emily Ayres, Lily Hagen, Jordyn Jones, Chandler Dean, Phoenix McEntarffer, and Audrey Lowe. Team Managers: Susan Jackson and Laura Reynalds.

Dunbar Magnet Middle School advanced to the Global Finals by placing first in the Scientific Challenge B: In Plain Sight. The team also won the Instant Challenge.

Dunbar “Error 404: Team Name Not Found:” Sam Triplett, John Swaim, Gabe Huggins, Becket O'Brien, and Andrew Helms. Team Managers: Jennifer Triplett and Stacy O’Brien.

Pulaski Heights Middle School (PHMS) qualified for the Global Finals with a first place win in the Improvisational Challenge D: Close Encounters. To prepare the team researched various confined spaces and then created and performed a four-minute improvisational presentation within the researched confined space. The final news flash presentation integrated a mysterious stranger and a team-created prop. The PHMS team also won the Instant Challenge.

PHMS Hogwarts Hedgehogs: Emma Jackson, Emily Childers, Kyndall Jackson, Joanne Liu, and Jack Bryant. Team Managers: Susan Jackson and Lisa Lewis.

Horace Mann Magnet Middle School advanced to the Global Finals by placing first in Project Outreach: The Meme Event. For the service-learning project, students identified, designed, planned and implemented a project that addresses a real community need. The students were required to plan and implement at least one community event, then create a live presentation to highlight the project and its impact on the community. The team also won the Instant Challenge.

Mann’s Best Friend: Josie Eanes, Leah Kline, Olga Lyzogubova, Skylar Nelson and Annaleah Witsell. Team Managers: Lauren Parker, Chris Kline and Kellie Smith.

Other notable finishes include: PHMS, 2nd place in Technical Challenge A: Pace of Change; Parkview Magnet High School, 2nd place in the Improvisational Challenge D: Close Encounters; and Dunbar Magnet Middle School, 2nd place in the Structural Challenge E: Musical Mashup. Additional LRSD schools competing at the State Tournament included: Gibbs and Magnet Elementary Schools, and Forest Heights STEM Academy at the elementary and middle school levels.