Ten teams from the Cherry Creek School District will take their talent and ingenuity to the Destination ImagiNation (DI) Global Finals, which will be held May 23-26 in Knoxville, TN. Those teams are:
• Buffalo Trail Elementary - BT Challengers
• Cherry Hills Village Elementary - Leave a Message at the Tone
• Cherry Hills Village Elementary - Roxie Girls
• Dry Creek Elementary – Destination Imagination Awesomeness
• Mission Viejo Elementary – Fire Breathing Jack-o-Lanterns
• Trails West Elementary – The Colorful Cupcakes
• Prairie Middle School – Pancakes in a Tree
• West Middle School – Edible
• Cherry Creek High School – JeDI
• Cherry Creek High School – Jelly of the Month Club
“We have never had this many teams qualify for the Global Finals,” said Pearl Schwartz, a Gifted and Talented teacher at Meadow Point Elementary, who is one of the Cherry Creek Schools Destination ImagiNation Regional Directors. “It is a testament to the drive, determination and dedication these students have shown this season. Their teamwork, creativity and critical thinking skills are really exceptional.”
Caroline Kuharski, a freshman at Cherry Creek High School, will be attending her second DI Global Finals.
She and her teammates on the CCHS Jelly of the Month Club team say nothing compares to the DI experience.
"Describing DI is like trying to describe snow,” said Kuharski. “You must experience it to know what it is like. And like snow, everything about it is unique and wonderful and amazing no matter how many times you experience it. The memories are everlasting."
Destination ImagiNation is an international, non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Every year, more than 125,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries participate in DI tournaments, solving open-ended challenges in categories such as technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural engineering, rising stars and project outreach, which involves community service.
“DI encourages student growth and supports academic achievement,” said Schwartz. “These students are learning 21st century skills which prepare them to be successful in our global economy and increasingly complex world.”