Students advance to state Destination Imagination competition

Students advance to state Destination Imagination competition

On Saturday, March 11, the hallways at Theodore G. Davis Middle and North Point High schools were filled with more than 725 students eager to show off their creativity and have fun at the regional Destination Imagination (DI) tournament. A total of 104 teams participated in the event, which was broken down into three levels of competition: elementary, middle and secondary. The event also includes a Rising Stars non-competitive challenge for students in kindergarten through second grade who want to gain DI experience.

In DI events, teams work together to solve one of six problems that challenge students to apply creativity and critical thinking skills while using their unique talents to compete. Teams that place at the regional event advance to the state competition set for April 1 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. A total of 57 teams advance to the state event next month.

Winners in the Show & Tech challenge:

  • Elementary: Southern Maryland Christian Academy, God’s Warriors team, first place; St. Mary’s Bryantown, DI Mindblowers team, second place; Gale-Bailey Elementary School, Show & Tech team, third place; and Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, People team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Theodore G. Davis Middle School, Fill in the Blank team, first place; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School/Piccowaxen Middle School, Extreme Picc-els team, second place; St. Mary’s Bryantown, The 6 Horsemen team, third place; and Milton M. Somers Middle School, Robot Karate Pandas team, fourth place.
  • Secondary: North Point High School, Knights of the Kitchen Table team, first place.

Winners in the Top Secret challenge:

  • Elementary: William A. Diggs Elementary School, Diggs Up the Mission team, first place; Mary H. Matula Elementary School, DI Spy Kids team, second place; T.C. Martin Elementary School, DI-tectives team, third place; and William B. Wade Elementary School, All-Stars team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, The S.S. Toddert team, first place; Somers, Nuclear Rainbow Crushers team, second place; St. Peter’s School, Major League Scientists team, third place; and Matthew Henson Middle School, NSFA team, fourth place.  
  • Secondary: North Point, Whatever I D.I.cide team, first place; and St. Charles High School, Angels team, tie for first place.

Winners in the Vanished! challenge:                                               

  • Elementary: Mitchell, Super 7 Kids team, first place; Wade, Sensational Six team, second place; Matula, DI Explosion Dudes team, third place; and Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Masters of Illusion team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Davis/Henson, Half N’1/2…ish team, first place; St. Mary’s Bryantown, Kids Next Door team, second place; Davis, Davisionaries team, third place; and Mattawoman Middle School, Savage Unicorns team, fourth place.
  • Secondary: La Plata High School/North Point, DI-ola team, first place; and Westlake High School, Wolverines team, second place.

Winners in the 3-Peat challenge:

  • Elementary: Martin, Hide Tide Improv-ers team, first place; Mary B. Neal Elementary School, No Name Squad team, second place; Gale-Bailey, 3-Peat team, third place; and Eva Turner Elementary School, Tiger Nation team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Stoddert, French Toast Mafia team, first place; Davis, DA Squad team, second place; General Smallwood Middle School, #Improv Squad team, third place; and Piccowaxen Middle School, Milk Duds team, fourth place.
  • Secondary: North Point/Maurice J. McDonough High School, LC DI’Inception team, first place; and Henry E. Lackey High School, Press to Play team, second place.

Winners in the In It Together challenge:

  • Elementary: Peter’s School, Brain Storm team, first place; Craik, Tigerneers team, second place; Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, DJ Hyper-Creators team, third place; and Berry Elementary School, Builders team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Peter’s School, Dynamic Imaginators, first place; John Hanson Middle School, DI Ducks team, second place; and Davis, Dippin’ Dotts team, third place.

Winners in the Ready, Willing and Fable challenge:

  • Elementary: Diggs, TBFPSP team, first place; Turner, Angels team, second place; St. Mary’s Bryantown, The Bacon Bunch team, third place; and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, DI Rice for Life team, fourth place.
  • Middle: Smallwood, Little Rascals team, first place; Somers, Santa’s Workers team, second place; St. Peter’s School, Lightning Bolts team, third place; and St. Mary’s Bryantown, Kidz of Decornn team, fourth place.
  • Secondary: North Point, HS Tree Musketeer’s team, first place; North Point, DITWACA team, second place; and Lackey, Life Savers team, third place.

Competing teams also were eligible for special awards. The Renaissance Award is given to teams that demonstrate exceptional skills in the areas of engineering, design or performance. Three teams received this award at the event. They are the Davis/Henson Half N 1/2…ish team, the Scientific Seven team, which registered for the event as an independent team not affiliated with a particular school, and the Martin S.C.H.W.A.A.A.K team.

Two teams – Stoddert’s The S.S. Toddert and Mitchell’s Super 7 Kids teams – received the DaVinci Award in recognition of their exceptional creativity and unique approach to problems included in the event.

Three teams received the Spirit of DI Award in recognition of their exceptional spirit, teamwork, volunteerism and sportsmanship. They are the DI Ducks team from Hanson, the Owls Vanished! team from Arthur Middleton Elementary School, and the Super Swine team from Malcolm Elementary School.

Destination Imagination is an international program dedicated to enhancing the learning skills, creative problem solving skills, team skills, sportsmanship and knowledge of all students. Visit for more information.

About CCPS

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 36 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, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 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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