Teams compete at global DI, North Point places among top 10

Teams compete at global DI, North Point places among top 10

Ten Charles County Public Schools teams competed at the global Destination ImagiNation tournament held May 22-25 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The AC/DI team from North Point High School placed among the top five teams at the secondary level in the In the Zone challenge.

More than 45 high school teams competed in the In the Zone challenge at the secondary level, and the North Point team received a fifth-place award. Team members are Nick Essing, Noah Gibson, Abby Richman, Armando Rivera, Sean Schultz, Anna Schierlmann and Ashlynn Stanley. Team managers are parents Michael and Cathy Gibson.

The DI Like Donuts team from John Hanson Middle School earned 16th place out of 49 competing middle school teams in the In the Zone challenge. Team members are Rya Nelson, Adam Park, Adam Roberts, Luke Roberts, Kaitlyn Vance and Alzandra Williams. Team manager is parent Steven Roberts.

Other teams that participated in the global challenge were:

  • Kinetic Inventors from Dr. James Craik Elementary School;
  • Clever Dragons from William A. Diggs Elementary School;
  • Mustacheo Girls from Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
  • Straight Jacket Ninjas from Theodore G. Davis Middle School;
  • Little Rascals of Lackey from Henry E. Lackey High School;
  • Breaking Wind from Milton M. Somers Middle School/La Plata High School;
  • Dirty Bubbles from La Plata; and
  • Out With a Bang from Maurice J. McDonough High School.

Hanson's DI Like Donuts team also represented Maryland in the event's opening parade, and the Mustacheo Girls team from Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy was invited to have lunch during the event with Chuck Cadle, the CEO of Destination of ImagiNation. Additionally, graduating seniors from the McDonough and North Point teams were eligible to participate in the global finals graduation ceremony, in which they were recognized for their participation in the program.

The competition is divided into elementary, middle and high school team competitions, and features six challenge categories: In the Zone, Wind Visible, In Disguise, Change in Realitee, Twist-O-Rama and Real to Reel. More than 1,000 teams competed at the global level, and included schools from 42 states and 14 countries. For more information, and detailed event results, visit

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.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 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.

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