Four Saline Destination Imagination Teams Advance to Global Finals

 04/10/2017 - 18:40
Saline Middle School's first Place Scientific Team at Destination Imagination include: Front row: Joseph Fedoronko, Ammon Stacey and Elijah Gray. Back row: Noah Socha, Noah Pelletier, Nathan Mah, and Luke Crowner Team Managers: Lena Mah and Kali Stacey

A Saline Middle School team placed first in the Middle Level Scientific Team Challenge at the Destination Imagination State Tournament at held at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on Saturday, April 8.  This team, calling themselves, “The Conundrums”, qualified to compete at the Global Finals Tournament at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus May 24-27.  Team members include: Joseph Fedoronko, Ammon Stacey, Elijah Gray, Noah Socha, Noah Pelletier, Nathan Mah, and Luke Crowner.  Their Team Managers are Lena Mah and Kali Stacey.

An all-Junior Saline DI team from Saline High School will advance to the Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament because of their top-ranked status attained at States.  This team, calling themselves “The Duct Apez”, took second place in the Secondary Level Technical Challenge.  The team, managed by Ginger Liemohn, includes: Alex Mah, Jaron Stacey, Tyler Kudlak, and Derek Liemohn.

Another Saline High School team placed second in Secondary Level Scientific Challenge by the name of “The International Team of Mystery” managed by Rob Coleman and Angela Staples.  Team members include Roslyn Staples, Jared Webb, Jason Coleman, Noah Walters, and Nishan Bhattacharyya.  It will be their first year as a team competing together at Global Finals.

The Saline High School team that calls themselves, “The Zurfenderphs”, earned third place in the Secondary Level Scientific Challenge.  Team members include: Cameron White, Connor Wright, Ben Keith, Ryan Schwartz, Zach Rein, and Kyle Schnitzer.  Jennifer Schwartz is their Team Manager.  This all-Freshman team will compete at Global Finals for the first time.

These SMS and SHS teams will travel in late May 2017 to the Destination Imagination Global Finals, held at the University of Tennessee, to compete against teams from the United States and around the world.  Destination Imagination is a process-based program helping young people build lifelong skills in creative and critical thinking, teamwork, time management, and problem solving.  Up to seven participants work together as a team for eight to twelve weeks to create their unique solution to one of the many Team Challenges, which can have a focus that is theatrical, structural, improvisational, scientific or technical - or a blend of several disciplines.  In addition, part of the teams’ scores are based on an Instant Challenge that are solved in real-time during the Tournament.

The Saline Destination Imagination program is offered to all students attending the Saline Area Schools by registering in the fall semester through The program is funded by the Saline DI 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To support the teams and help raise the funds needed to attend Global Finals, Saline DI is hosting a CAR WASH at Saline Middle School Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m. until 1p.m.

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David Rhoads's picture

My congratulations to all the young people who participate in this program and my sincere thanks to those who work with them to help develop their skills.