Four FBISD Destination Imagination teams advance to State Tournament
Fort Bend ISD congratulates the four Destination Imagination (DI) teams that won first place in their challenge divisions at the DI Regional Tournament and are advancing to the State DI Tournament, which will be held April 11-12 in Pflugerville, They were among 25 FBISD teams to compete at the Regional competition.
Advancing to state are the following teams:
• ZOO Kinnis Revenge – Quail Valley Elementary School (Team Members include Luke Campbell, Joshua Enerio, Stephen Hallmark, Kopeland Jones, Elijah Ramirez, Jake Thomas, and Team Managers Alan Thomas and Hazel Dolar) – 1st place, Dig In Challenge
• Da Chaotic Waffles – Sartartia Middle School (Team Members include Geoby Aikareth, Jerome Ceroi, Neer Jain, Saahil Kalvakuntla, Nitya Nakrikanti, Sara Tejoni, Emily Wang and Team Manager Padmaja Reddy) – 1st place, Pandemonium Challenge
• UNIT F SP – Ridge Point High School (Team Members include Akila Gropalkrishnan, Angelique Parker, Christina Parker, Michelle Pasha, Eric Sanchez and Team Managers Sharada Vitalpur and Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan) – 1st place, Pitch and Play Challenge
• The Knuckleheads – Representing Clements, Dulles and Elkins High School (Team Members include Jordan Chaffer – Elkins, Tyler Morris – Elkins, Chandler Sebek – Dulles, Kasey Vollmering – Clements, and Team Manager David Sebek) – 1st place, Xtreme Challenge
Earning second and third-place at the Regional competition were FBISD teams: The Knuckleheads (2nd place, Going to Extremes Challenge), The Cheese Ball Bunch (2nd place, Pitch and Play Challenge), The Unbeatables (2nd place, The Tension Builds Challenge), The Hungry Sharks (3rd place, Dig In Challenge), Duck Tape Heroes (3rd place, Pitch and Play Challenge), and Quail Valley Middle School (3rd place, The Tension Builds Challenge).
The Knuckleheads and Zoo Kinnis Revenge also earned the Da Vinci Award for clearly demonstrating the spirit of adventurous risk in their challenge solutions. Graduating senior, Chandler Sebek of the Knuckleheads also received the Gulf Coast DI Scholarship, recognizing his 11 years of DI competition experience.
The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.
FBISD’s Destination Imagination teams are sponsored by the District’s GT Department. Phil Ranford, Highlands Elementary School Assistant Principal, serves as the Gulf Coast Regional Director for DI.
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