Three teams from Midlothian ISD will compete against students from around the world at the Global Finals of Destination ImagInation.

The DI Dynomyte Dinos, Pickle Unicorns, and the Broadway Burritos will compete in Knoxville, Tennessee May 23—26. The DI-Nomyte DINOS hope to defend their global championship title.

The DI-Nomyte DINOS, a second-year team from LaRue Miller Elementary, participated in the Service Learning challenge, titled “Inside Impact.” These students helped raise funds for a Buddy Bench for their campus. The purpose of the bench is to raise awareness of bullying.

The team consisted of Sophie Tollefsbol, Kaleigh Chase, Silas Moss, Ada Ballard, Clark Roberts, and Caden Haught. The team managers are Kim Moss and Casey Ballard.

"As a parent and team manager, we are thrilled to be headed back to Knoxville for a second year to compete in the Global Finals,” Ballard expressed. “Even more exciting is that two more MISD teams will be joining us. This competition develops creative problem solvers, and we are happy to see how it is spreading across the district.”

Destination ImagInation is an international, project-based educational program that encourages innovation, teamwork and creative problem-solving. Teams choose one of seven STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) open-ended challenges and then plan, create, and present their solution.

Another second-year team, the Pickle Unicorns, consist of fifth graders from McClatchey Elementary. They participated in the Improvisational challenge, titled “Treasure.” This team placed second in their team challenge at the state championship.

The team members are Haley Hamilton, Julia Wiginton, Jordan Billington, Emmy Guynes, Allegra Maggiora, Marina Espinoza, and Tate Newman. The team managers are Sidney Maggiora and Casey Nelson, who is also a Destination ImagInation district coordinator.

“As a second-year team, the Pickle Unicorns determined that they would advance to state and then on to Global Finals,” Nelson relayed. “They worked tirelessly to improve their skills in improvisation and instant challenge and made their dream of competing in Knoxville a reality.”

Also representing McClathey Elementary are the Broadway Burritos. The first-year team participated in the Fine Arts challenge, titled “Change of Tune.”

The group created a musical with a technical scene change and won first place at the state level.

The Broadway Burritos consisted of Eva Jacobsen, Jenna Jacobson, Chloe Turk, Brady Rogers, Georli Vaughn, Pearson Urquhart, and Ainsley Erhsam. Team leaders are Zachary Urquart and Katie Bergvall.

As the district Destination ImagInation coordinator, Moss said, Nelson and her are very proud of all the teams that won at the regional level and state level.

“Their hard work was evident in the creative, unique solutions to each challenge," Moss elaborated.

Midlothian ISD Chief Public Information Officer Karen Permetti stated this year marks the first time for McClatchey Elementary to have two teams compete at the global level.

“It has been a record year for Midlothian ISD with 39 Destination ImagInation teams competing, six making it to the state competition, and three advancing to the global competition, beating out teams from 16 regions across Texas,” Permetti added. “MISD has more teams advancing to the global competition than most other school districts in the DFW area.”

According to Destination ImagInation’s website, the competition is put on by a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire students to become innovators and leaders. The organization was founded in 1982 and has impacted more than two million students.

To learn more, visit https://www.destinationimagination.org/.


Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450