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Students from the Walter Jackson Elementary School Destination Imagination team, from left, Julia Herda, Beau Lovelace, Emma Denson, Lane Derrick, Anna Lee and Cooper Jacob, finished first in the state competition. Here, Detective Lane Derrick questions everyone to solve the crime.
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Students from the Walter Jackson Elementary School Destination Imagination team, from left, Julia Herda, Beau Lovelace, Emma Denson, Lane Derrick, Anna Lee and Cooper Jacob, finished first in the state competition. Here, Detective Lane Derrick questions everyone to solve the crime.

Local students let their imaginations run wild

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

Two Walter Jackson Elementary School teams and a Cedar Ridge Middle School team finished first in the state Destination Imagination competition and qualified for the DI Global Competition in Knoxville.

Destination Imagination tests students’ creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills by giving them a skit theme with a limited set and prop materials.

Walter Jackson had another team finish second in the April 14 competition. Cedar Ridge also had a team finish second and another come in third, and three Julian Harris Elementary School teams competed but didn’t advance.

  • The Cedar Ridge team of Miracle Osborne, Taylor Martin, Daniel Moore, Jalen Brown, Claire Sweet and Breonna Dunbar finished first in the middle school “CSI” (Crime Scene Investigation) competition, where students were asked to write a skit using color, shadow and illumination as evidence pointing toward the guilty person.

  • The Walter Jackson team of Katie Bibbee, Lauren Owens, Jackson Fite, Matthew Papich, Meg Giuntini, Bradley Tate and Avery VanAntwerp finished first in “Round About Courage,” where students were asked to write a skit about a hero who overcame a problem.

    Walter Jackson’s skit, “Space High School,” is a story about a group of planets, portrayed as the Roman gods for which they’re named, who were friends with each other except for Pluto, who was no longer part of their group.

    Jupiter is the high school football hero. He is adored by the girl planets and admired by the boy planets until his appearance changes, revealing his use of steroids. Pluto educates Jupiter and gets him the help he needs. The other planets are ashamed of their treatment of Pluto and Jupiter. In the end, they all learn a lesson about friendship and drug use.

    The students designed and created a sun and made it spin during a dance in which the planets rotated around it. They sewed and built frames for the costumes and made their own props.

  • The Walter Jackson team of Lane Derrick, Lilly Sherill, Anna Lee, Emma Denson, Julia Herda, Beau Lovelace and Cooper Jacob finished first in the elementary “CSI” competition.

    The students had to solve a crime using a gadget that revealed evidence using a property of light. Team members created a two-in-one gadget, incorporating a periscope into the design of an overhead projector.

    Their skit centered on a family that owns a hair salon. The family members are mysteriously changed into their hairstyles. For example, sister Fifi wears a French twist and turns into a French poodle. A detective solves the crime by revealing a secret plan through the use of his gadget, the “Scope-ector.”

  • The Walter Jackson team of Luke Truitt, Thomas Salter, Kirsten Marthaler, Anna Underwood, Leslie Bell, Hannah Railey and Jorge Clements finished second in state in the “Direct Flight” competition.

  • The Cedar Ridge team of Nick Swader, Jordan McRae, Gabby Tuell, Hope Carter and Sonja Humphries finished second in “Round About Courage.” There is a possibility this team could get an invitation to participate in the world competition.

  • The team of Stephanie White, Austin Skinner and Jalehsa King finished third and won the Spirit of DI award in the “Switching Tradition” category.

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