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March 20, 2013

Wakefield’s DI teams score big at tournament

Wakefield's Destination Imagination Teams
By
The Plains
Wakefield School sent two teams to the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament on March 19 and both teams returned with success.

Wakefield's Upper School team has been together for multiple years and includes a middle schooler who competes at the high school level. The team members are: Tyler deMey, Morgan Re, and Will Mason-Hill, all Wakefield freshman; Murray Re, a sixth-grader at Wakefield; and Ashley deMey, a senior at Sherando High School. Team Manager is Amy Re. This team placed first in its challenge and will go on to represent Wakefield at the state-level tournament on April 19.

The first-year Middle School team placed third out of 12 teams in its main challenge, with its members Kate Granruth, Cory Kleinman, Cason Atkinson and Dylan Winick, all eighth graders at Wakefield; Rachel Bryant and Spencer Collins, sixth graders, and Logan Day, a fifth grader. Team managers are Ginny Collins, Libby Atkinson, and Lisa Winick.

Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Up to 7 members can be on a team, and students from kindergarten through university level participate.

At the start of the season, teams choose one of seven Challenges. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions and then head to a local tournament. Top-scoring teams advance to state or country tournaments. The top level of the tournament is the Global Finals.

There are seven new Destination Imagination Challenges to choose from each year. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning.
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