(Seguin) -- Seguin DI teams are at it again! Five Seguin ISD Destination Imagination Teams have recently advanced to state competition following the recent regional contest in Helotes.
Michael Olstad, co-coordinator for the Seguin ISD DI program, says a handful of Seguin ISD teams will continue on with the problem solving competition.
"We had 16 teams that went and we have five teams that are moving on and the teams that are moving on, four of them are elementary teams and three of those elementary teams and they're all fifth grade teams have been together since Rising Stars, a majority of them, in some cases, all of them. That is probably one of Seguin's strengths -- that we're able to start the kids so young that it's easy for them to really understand the skill sets and that creative and critical thinking process that DI demands. Then we have a brand new fifth grade team going, which is unique and exciting. Then the high school team which has been at least three times," said Olstad.
The first team advancing is Seguin High School's "Seguin Treasure" team which placed first in Fine Arts and Instant Challenge. The team includes Serenity de Leon, Jaden Tovar, Camden Rodriguez, and Juanita Lozano.
Second, was the Weinert Elementary's "Magic D Eyes" team which also placed first in Project Outreach and Instant Challenge. It also earned a DaVinci Award at the tournament. Team members include Rayjen Tovar, Tilden Nash, Aidan Vargas, JoLean Fogg, JohnWalker Baker and Sophia Vela.
The third team to advance was Weinert Elementary's "Magik DI's" team. The group placed second in Fine Arts and includes members Mya Rivas, Addyson McDowall, Elizabeth Suarez, Kaeyln Rhodes, Makenna Phllips and Nevaeh Alcoser.
Fourth was Koennecke Elementary's "Live or DI" team which placed first in Fine Arts. The team also earned a Renaissance Award thanks to the team efforts of Bailey Garcia, Chandler Stephenson, Desiree Dominguez, Karissa Holden, Dylan Ranft and Chase Dominguez.
The fifth team that will represent Seguin at state is Weinert Elementary's "Serious 7." The team placed first in Scientific and Instant Challenge while also earning a Renaissance Award. Team members include Madison Kirchner, Ava Sauceda, Shelby Just, Ellie Kallus, Brylynn Baker and Carter Dunn.
Olstad says the Seguin ISD has had a long history of going far in the competition and even placing at the international level. He says the district is very proud of these students who year after year work harder and harder.
"First, I think because it's been around so long and so there's a wonderful history. Then starting particularly with DI in 2004, we started going to the global competition and immediately became extremely successful. I don't have the exact numbers, but I know that we have sent 31 teams in the last 11 years to global and a third of those teams were placing in the top three. That is impressive because they are competing individually against anywhere from 70 to 100 teams from around the world," said Olstad.
The state DI tournament is scheduled for April 7-8 in Lubbock.