Record 8 WCPS DI Teams Head to Global Finals
Record Eight Wicomico Teams Excel at MD State DI Tournament to Advance to Global Finals
Posted on 04/09/2018

Destination Imagination (DI) teams from Wicomico County Public Schools once again excelled at the Maryland State Destination Imagination Tournament at University of Maryland Baltimore County, with a record eight DI teams from WCPS advancing to Global Finals in Tennessee in May.

Destination Imagination is a true success story for Wicomico County Public Schools. Four of the WCPS teams finished 1st in the state in their challenge. Four of the Globals-bound teams are making a repeat trip. Two schools, North Salisbury Elementary and Wicomico High, have multiple teams qualifying for Global Finals.

A total of 16 DI teams from Wicomico County Public Schools competed April 7 against more than 300 teams from across the state Saturday. Eight of the 16 teams from Wicomico Schools have qualified to compete at the highest level of DI competition, Global Finals:

 

North Salisbury School Maze Blazers, 1st Place in state, Technical Challenge (Maze Craze), Elementary Level

Team members: Nathan Naumann, Kaden Walsh, Greer Nichols, Gregory Nichols, Gavin Culver, Melvin Harmon, Melissa Bell

Team Managers: Colleen Nichols and Marlene Nauman

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann

 

North Salisbury School Mini Marvelous Marshmallows, 1st place in state, Service Learning Challenge (Inside Impact), Elementary Level

Team Members: Joshua Strickland, Rachel Haberlin, Julia Gore, Adithya Bhaskaran, Alex Acle, Tobias McKinney

Team Managers: Sarah and Charles Strickland

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann

 

Fruitland Intermediate School Boomerangs, 1st place in state, Scientific Challenge (Unlikely Attraction), Elementary Level

Team members: Alex Bisker, Ben Harris, Abigail Harris, Shelby Tayman, Chase Horsman, Jonah Pryor, Hayley James

Team Managers: Dave Harris and Scott Bisker

School Facilitators: Amy Burns and Kate Wight

 

Wicomico High School Uncommon DInominators, 1st place in state and third trip to Globals, Service Learning Challenge (Inside Impact), Secondary Level

Team Members: Colleen Sullivan, Paige Folke, Taylor Jacobs, Chloe Lewis

Team Managers: Heather Joslin and Christel Folke

School Facilitator: Rebecca Mathews

 

Bennett Middle School Legendary Llamas, 3rd Place in state and third trip to Globals, Fine Arts Challenge (Change of Tune), Middle Level

Team members: Pag-asa Sison, Sheyene Brown, Psalmy Lacson, Johnnie Watkins, James Watkins

Team Manager: Amy Jo Watkins

School Facilitator: Barbara Fodor

 

North Salisbury School Mustache Mustangs, 3rd place in state and second trip to Globals, Fine Arts Challenge (Change in Tune), Elementary Level

Team Members: Bella Hooper, Bella Thompsen, Kate Miller-Vail, Caitlin Danz, Diamond Torney

Team Managers: Ashlee Thompsen and Jennifer Hooper

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann

 

Parkside High School Carpe Diem, 3rd place in state, Fine Arts Challenge (Change in Tune), Secondary Level

Team Members: Sarah Forrestal, Sarah Sadjadi, Abi Creager, Aidan Patterson, Abe Ahmed

Team Managers: Shannon Forrestal and Susan Creager

School Facilitator: Ronna Bievenour

 

Wicomico High School DI of the Tiger, 3rd place in state and second trip to Globals, Improvisational Challenge (Treasure!), Secondary Level

Team Members: Becky Aydelotte, Jessica Greene, Jeffrey Dumpson, Kainat Imtiaz

Team Manager: Rebecca Mathews

School Facilitator: Rebecca Mathews

 

 

Fundraising for Global Finals

Competing at Global Finals is a tremendous honor and achievement. It also costs quite a bit of money, so teams will be busy fundraising for the next few weeks. Fund-raising events will be announced. Staff of Wicomico County Public Schools can help support Global Finals teams by participating in a countywide casual day for DI on Friday, April 13.  

Donations are also welcome at any time to the respective school, with “DI Team” (for North Salisbury Elementary and Wicomico High, can specify one team, or all DI teams) in the memo line or on the envelope, or to all teams through Wicomico DI, using these addresses:

 

For Wicomico High School Uncommon DInominators and DI of the Tiger:

Wicomico High School

201 Long Ave.

Salisbury MD 21804

 

For the Bennett Middle School Legendary Llamas:

Bennett Middle School

532 S. Division St.

Fruitland MD 21826

 

For North Salisbury School Mustache Mustangs, Mini Marshmallow, and Maze Blazers:

North Salisbury Elementary

1213 Emerson Ave.

Salisbury MD 21801

 

For Parkside High School Carpe Diem:

Parkside High School

1015 Beaglin Park Dr.

Salisbury MD 21804

 

For Fruitland Intermediate School Boomerangs:

Fruitland Intermediate

208 W. Main St.

Fruitland, MD 21826

 

For funds to be shared among the eight Wicomico DI Global teams, please note that the donation is for the DI teams and mail to:

Destination Imagination

Wicomico County Board of Education

PO Box 1538

Salisbury MD 21802

 

DI transcends race, gender, and ethnic boundaries to encourage cooperation and productive problem solving in all children. DI is not so much a program as a process. DI has helped teams learn what we must all learn in life: to work cooperatively in teams; to push the limit of imagination and creativity; and to learn and master new skills and creative problem-solving tools.