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Winterport DI team places 10th in global competition

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
The Freezing Diamonds Destination Imagination team from Leroy H. Smith School in Winterport are (back row, from left) coaches Nicolle and Erica; (middle row) Johannah, Elizabeth, Carly, Renee, Olivia; (bottom row) Gracie and Sam. The photo was taken at the University of Tennessee during the Global Finals 2014. This team placed in the top 10 in its Instant Challenge.

WINTERPORT — The Leroy H. Smith School Freezing Diamonds returned recently from a trip to Destination Imagination Global Finals 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee, having earned first in States and 10th in Global for the Instant Challenge.

After placing second overall in the  Maine competition in March, the team of seven fourth-graders were invited to celebrate and compete with the world, including participants from 42 states, 16 countries, for a total of 1,400 teams.

With the generous support of community, family and friends, and very long hours of fundraising, The Freezing Diamonds raised approximately $15,000 in eight weeks. The entire trip was covered for the team, along with the chaperones.

The team made the trip to Knoxville in a 15-passenger bus, donated by Citizens of Maine, with tons of luggage, props and snacks for the 19-hour road trip.

The team took the stage to present their Group Central Challenge, “Going to Extreme.” The task was to create and present a story about characters who adapt to survive in an extreme environment. In an effort to compromise two extreme environments Crash, Bang, Boom!, the Diamond Planet and its aliens, crashed onto the Alaskan Tundra. The Eskimos and their friend Artic Fox taught the aliens to survive in the tundra.

The next day, the team faced the Instant Challenge, which requires the team to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking strategies, a strong are for The Freezing Diamonds.

While they were in Knoxville, the team attended the 3M Duct Tape Costume Ball was one of the amazing events. Participants took part in setting the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing duct tape. Two of The Freezing Diamonds team members made the front page to the local paper in Knoxville.

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