November 25, 2017
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Winterport fourth-graders raising money for DI nationals

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WINTERPORT, Maine — After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem-solving in the state tournament, The Freezing Diamonds team has earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem-solving competition in the world, to be held May 21-24, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Team members include Elizabeth, Renee, Gracie, Sam, Olivia, Carly & JoHannah, all fourth-graders from Leroy H. Smith School, RSU 22.

The team received the highest score for the instant challenge, and were honored with the “Spirit of DI” award.

The team will compete with other teams in the “Going to Extreme,” one of seven, open-ended challenges that require young people to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in addition to improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork and community service.

This year, another 100,000 young people have competed in Destination Imagination tournaments throughout the United States and in 30 countries to earn a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

The Freezing Diamonds are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,250 teams that will advance to Global Finals, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

This year, 2013 “American Idol” contestant and Destination Imagination alum, Rachel Hale, will kick off Global Finals with a performance at opening ceremony on May 21. Destination Imagination will also present its prestigious Risorgimento Award to the Mayo Clinic for its innovative contributions in the fields of science and medicine.

This year’s Global Finals Innovation Expo will house engaging exhibits from NASA, 3M, National Geographic, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Laser Pegs, Einstein in a Box, and many other innovative companies. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to take a journey through a simulated rainforest and learn about its impact on the planet’s ecosystem through the 3M-sponsored, interactive “Explore the Uncharted” exhibit.

Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams are immersed in the creative process needed to solve open-ended challenges, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments. If they win at those levels, they may receive an invitation to Global Finals.

The Winterport team needs to raise about $10,000 for the team and its chaperones to attend the Global Competition.

Donation checks may be made out to Smith School DI and sent to Leroy H. Smith School, 319 South Main St., Winterport 04496, or donations may be given through: