A Waupaca Middle School team won first-place at the Destination Imagination (DI) state tournament Saturday, April 18.
The Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Seven earned first-place overall at the elementary level and a first-place medal for their efforts in the instant challenge.
They competed against 13 other teams at the Wisconsin DI Affiliate Tournament, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Super Seven team members are Brooke Peterson, Katie Jenson, Maci Tripp, Grace Harris, Chloe Eller, Ava and Alivia Degen.
Five members of this year’s winning team were on the WMS DI team that won the state tournament last year.
Destination Imagination is an international, educational program that encourages innovation, teamwork and creative problem solving. The goal of the program is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
Each year, DI releases new challenges geared to specific disciplines, such as technology, science, fine arts, improv theater, structural design or service learning. Each challenge enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation.
The WMS team chose the service learning challenge, which requires them to identify a community need, then design and implement a plan to meet that need.
The girls organized an event that was held Feb. 13 for residents of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
They developed a logo and created a jingle to promote their project. The students presented their project to the DI judges, explained what they did and what they could have done to improve the project.
At the WI State Affiliate tournament, their first-place overall trophy earned them an opportunity to compete at Destination Imagination’s Global Finals.
Global Finals takes place May 20-23, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. More than 1,400 teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries will present their challenge solutions at this event.