Seguin ISD DI teams place top in the world; Local students shine at international problem solving contest
Posted on 5/31/2017 7:22:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD Destination Imagination Teams have done it again. Three of the district's five teams competing in the Global competition have wrapped up the contest landing one of the top 10 spots in the world.
The international competition which matched Seguin ISD students against others from 17 countries was held this past Wednesday through Saturday (May 24-27) on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.
The creative and critical thinking/problem solving teams from Koennecke, Weinert, and Seguin High School reportedly held strong as they faced competitors from China, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, England, Brazil, Poland, Turkey and Singapore.
The Koennecke Elementary School team of Chase Dominguez, Desiree Dominguez, Bailey Garcia, Karissa Holden, Dylan Ranft and Chandler Stephenson took second place honors in the Fine Arts Challenge category.
Taking fifth place in the Scientific Challenge category was the Weinert Elementary team of Brylynn Baker, Carter Dunn, Shelby Just, Ellie Kallus, Madison Kirchner and Ava Sauceda.
Weinert Elementary’s team of John Walker Baker, Jo’Lena Fogg, Tilden Nash, Rayjen Tovar, Aiden Vargas and Sophia Vela also finished seventh in the Project Outreach Community Service Challenge.
Interim Superintendent Bill Lewis says the Seguin ISD has held a dominance in the problem solving contest -- a dominance that has continued over a decade.
“I congratulate all of our DI students from Seguin ISD for another great year. In keeping with Seguin’s strong tradition of excellence in DI, we had numerous teams advance and compete at the regional, state and of course global level. I am proud of these students, their parents and team managers for all their hard work and positively representing our district,” said Lewis.
Michael Olstad and Pam Krippner serve as the coordinators of the Seguin ISD’s Destination ImagiNation award-winning programs. Olstad says as the competition increases, so does the success of local students.
“Our Seguin DI teams again performed tremendously at the Global level, as evidenced by the outstanding results. The students were well prepared and were up to each challenge that they faced despite stiff competition,” said Olstad.
The Seguin High School team of Reyna Davila, Beckett Legore, Andy McDowell, Trinity Ramirez, Karen Ranft and Emilie Weber also participated in the contest and placed 11th in Scientific Challenge, while Serenity DeLeon, Camden Rodriguez and Jaden Tovar, also of Seguin High School, took the 22nd place in the Fine Arts Challenge.
DI is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. In working to solve the challenges, teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking. More than 125,000 students compete in DI each year.
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