Area DI teams advance to global contest

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County teams competed at the Indiana Destination Imagination state affiliate finals on Saturday, with several advancing to the problem-solving competition’s Global Finals.

First- and second-place winners in each team competition and in each division advanced from the weekend’s state contest at Riverside Intermediate and Junior High School in Fishers to the global finale, which will be held from May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Teams who did not place in the top two spots in their respective contest entered a lottery for advancement to the worldwide finals competition.

In total, four Holy Trinity Catholic School teams have the opportunity to move on to the biggest stage in DI.

4 Guys and Something Else secured a seat at the table after placing second in the elementary level of the fine arts challenge.

Treasure Hunting Dudes & Dudettes will move on as well thanks to a first-place victory in the elementary improvisational challenge. That contest tasked participants with creating and presenting an improv skit about a quest to return a lost cultural treasure to its owner. The team also earned the level’s high instant challenge score.

We’ve Got Big Brains and We Cannot Lie placed second in the elementary level of the competition’s service learning challenge, which required the kids to design and carry out a community project and create a presentation that highlights the impact it made.

WEEE The Power Pugs will advance in the competition’s middle school science challenge on a lottery bid. The team did not place in the top three in its class; its exact placement was not announced.

Though they will not advance to globals, a handful of area teams also notched third-place finishes on Saturday.

The Nerd Herd of Southeast Dubois Schools placed third — and earned the high instant challenge score — in the middle level technical challenge. The corporation’s Spanky Cats team placed third in the elementary level of the contest. Brainstormers 2.0 of Ferdinand Elementary earned third place in the elementary level of the service learning challenge.

The Olympians team of Jasper Middle School placed third in the middle level of the engineering challenge. Participants were tasked with designing and building a freestanding structure that could withstand impacts from dropped weights.

Other teams that competed but did not place in their contests include the ARCTIK Clucking Cows of Ireland Elementary School, the Cuckoo Cavity Crew of Ferdinand Elementary, and the Engineering Wampers of Holy Trinity.

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