Imaginations ran wild on Saturday, April 6 at the Arkansas Destination ImagiNation (DI) State Championships in Benton, when five DI teams from three LRSD schools won first place and qualified to advance to the Destination Imagination Global Finals next month at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Three teams from Carver Magnet Elementary School, and one team each from Forest Heights Middle School and Gibbs Magnet Elementary School all had qualifying first place scores to compete against thousands of students from over 25 different countries from around the world at the Global Finals.
Gibbs Magnet Elementary dominated overall with first place in three different categories—repeating the achievement of being the only school in the State Finals with three teams advancing to the Global Finals from last year. The categories were: Wind Visible, a scientific challenge; In Disguise, a fine arts challenge; and Real to Reel, a documentary film project meant to address a community need. In the fine arts challenge, Gibbs won the Instant Challenge and the Renaissance Award, a special recognition for exceptional skill in the area of engineering, design or performance. Last year, Gibbs emerged as the Global Winner in the scientific category beating teams from around the world.
For the sixth year in the row Carver Magnet Elementary School won first place at the elementary level for “In the Zone,” the most difficult category requiring a trifecta mastery of engineering, design and mathematical concepts. In fact, LRSD schools won at every level of competition in the highly technical “In the Zone” category with Forest Heights Middle School and J.A. Fair Magnet High School winning first place at their respective levels. Dunbar Magnet Middle School won the category’s Instant Challenge securing third place at the middle school level of “In the Zone.” Only Forest Heights and Carver advance to Global in this category.
Teams from Williams Magnet Elementary, Henderson and Mann Magnet Middle Schools also competed. In the scientific challenge, Wind Visible, Williams placed third and Carver placed fourth while Mann placed third and Dunbar placed fourth in the Twist-O-Rama structural challenge. Carver also placed eighth in the improvisational category, Change in Realitee. Hundreds of teams competed in the State Finals at Benton High School.