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Four Wicomico Teams Excel at MD State DI Tournament to Advance to Global Finals

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 on March 30, with four DI teams from Wicomico Schools advancing to Global Finals in Kansas City, Mo. in May. More than 1,400 teams and 17,000 people from around the world will take part in Global Finals May 22-25.

Destination Imagination is a true success story for Wicomico County Public Schools:

  • One of the teams finished 1st in the state in its challenge, and three more teams placed 2nd.
  • One team won the Renaissance Award for outstanding skill and finished 1st in the Instant Challenge.
  • Three of the Globals-bound teams are making a repeat trip.
  • North Salisbury Elementary has two teams that have qualified for Global Finals.

Qualifying to compete at the highest level of DI competition, Global Finals:


North Salisbury School Mustache Mustangs, 1st Place in state,Scientific Challenge (Medical Mystery), Elementary Level

Team members: Bella Thompsen, Isabella Hooper, Kate Miller-Vail, Nicholas Davala

 Team Managers: Ashlee Thompsen, Jennifer Hooper

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann


Parkside High School Carpe Diem, 2nd Place in state, Technical/Mechanical Challenge (On Target), Secondary Level. The team finished 1st in the Instant Challenge, and won the Renaissance Award for outstanding skill (in the areas of design, engineering, execution or performance).

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

Team Managers: Shannon Forrestal and Ali Patterson

School Facilitator: Ronna Bievenour


North Salisbury School Peculiar Pandas, 2nd Place in state, Scientific Challenge (Medical Mystery),Middle School Level (due to having team members in both elementary and middle school)

Team Members: Joshua Strickland, Rachel Haberlin, Julia Gore, Adithya Bhaskaran, Tobias McKinney, Isabella Haberlin, Natalie Breidenbach

Team Managers: Sarah and Charles Strickland

School Facilitators: Mary Kinnamon and Marlene Naumann


Salisbury Middle School Panicking Penguins, 2nd Place in state, Project Outreach Service Learning Challenge (Escape Artists), Middle School Level

Team members: Maya Thompsen, Emily Hooper, Elise Connolly, Shreevalli Mohanty

Team Managers: Ashlee Thompsen and Jennifer Hooper

School Facilitator: Tara Elliott


Three more teams from Wicomico Schools finished 4th and while they did not qualify for Global Finals, they did an outstanding job. Congratulations to the Salisbury Middle School Mindful Thinkers, North Salisbury School The R.A.N. Gang, and Northwestern Elementary Imaginationators for their 4th Place finishes.


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. Staff of Wicomico County Public Schools can help support Global Finals teams by participating in a countywide casual day for DI on Friday, April 12. 

Video auditions will be taken through the end of the day Tuesday, April 2 for Salisbury’s Got Talent, a benefit talent contest sponsored by the North Salisbury Mustache Mustangs and the Salisbury Middle Panicking Penguins. The event will feature community-wide adult and youth performances of various talents. The Best Youth Talent and Best Adult Talent for our area will be named. Now recruiting performers! Performers must email for guidelines, and must submit a video audition. Tickets are now available for the show, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium. Check the eBulletinBoard of the Wicomico Schools’ website for flyer:

Additional fund-raising events and activities for Globals DI teams will be announced.

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


For North Salisbury School Mustache Mustangs and Peculiar Pandas:


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


(Carpe Diem is based at Parkside High, but half its team members attend Parkside and half attend James M. Bennett High.)


For Salisbury Middle School Panicking Penguins:


Salisbury Middle School

607 Morris St.

Salisbury, MD 21801


For funds to be shared among the four 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.