Medina academic teams qualify for nationals

Posted 11 April 2017 at 12:27 pm

Provided photo: Medina will be sending students to Knoxville next month to compete in the national Destination Imagination finals. The group pictured includes, front row, from left: Margaret Griffin, Brandan Heschke, Alissa Blount, Ray Paull and Christopher Goyette. Top row: Cheyanne Farewell, Shelby Greene, Grace Masse, Hannah Sones, Brigid Keller, Madison Kenward. (Absent from photo: Jessica Granchelli and Kody Leno).

Press Release, Medina Central School

MEDINA – After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, two Medina High School teams have earned the right to compete in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 24-27 in Knoxville, Tenn.

They will compete with other teams in Vanished and Top Secret, two of seven open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.

The Medina teams are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that will advance to Global Finals, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville May 24-27.

This year, 150,000 students have participated in Destination Imagination tournaments throughout the U.S. and 30 countries in hopes of earning a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.

Each year, DI competitions begin with a regional tournament, where team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Each team solution is scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate tournaments advance to Global Finals.

The students are seeking donations to help fund this opportunity. All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Destination Imagination 1111South Union Avenue, Cherry Hill NJ 08002;  team numbers 134-10081;134-46268 Or Medina Central School District, 1 Mustang Drive, Medina NY 14103 attn: Destination Imagintion. Please contact Nicole Goyette at for more sponsorship information.

For more information about Global Finals, click here.

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