Six county DI teams advance to global tournament next month

Six county DI teams advance to global tournament next month

Six Charles County Public Schools Destination Imagination (DI) teams advance to the global tournament, scheduled for May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn., after winning first, second or third place at the state competition held April 5 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The following teams earned a spot to compete in the global tournament as a first-, second- or third-place winner at the state level:

Dig In challenge:

  • Thomas Stone High School, DI Like Donuts team, first place. Members of the team are Stone freshman Rya Nelson, Adam Park, Luke Roberts and Alzandra Williams, and Kaitlyn Vance, an eighth grader at John Hanson Middle School.

Laugh Art Loud challenge:

  • Indian Head Elementary School, Little Rascals team, first place. Members of the team include fifth graders Lamia Allen, Jaden Hobdy, Malishia Meyer, Hunter Paulin and Anastazia Scherer.

Pandemonium challenge:

  • Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Ditwaca team, first place. Team members are eighth graders Emily Decker, Carsen Essing, Andrew Gausepohl, Hannah McMillen, Lindsay Polk and Sarah Steele.
  • Davis and Matthew Henson Middle School, DI’nception team, third place. Team members from Davis include eighth graders Xavier Prince, Kevin Rohrbaurgh, Logan Steele and Jacadi Tillman, and Henson eighth graders Amelia Dudley, Hannah Gates and Christina Murphy.
  • North Point High School, Broken Fingers team, first place at the secondary level. Team members are North Point senior Ethan Kriemelmeyer, and juniors Caitie O’Donnell and William Remik.

The Tension Builds challenge:

  • North Point, Supreme DI-eties team, third place. Team members include North Point juniors Arianna Clark, Erin Green, Kylie Green, Joel Rogers and Andre Winkfield, and sophomore Dennis Whitley.

Special awards were also presented to teams and individual students at the competition. The Little Rascals team from Indian Head was presented with the Spirit of DI award, which recognizes teams for outstanding school and team spirit. Noah Gibson, a North Point senior, received a $500 DI college scholarship.

Two other Charles County Public Schools teams were recognized for placing in the top five in their challenge area. They are

  • North Point, Um… What?! team, fifth place, Dig In challenge; and
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Building Beavers team, fourth place.

Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving program for students in grades kindergarten through college and is active in 50 states and more than 40 countries. Teams of up to seven members work to solve different challenges and present their solutions to a panel of judges. Students compete at the regional, state and global levels. For more information on Destination Imagination, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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