The Sulphur Springs Middle School’s Destination Imagination teams competed this last weekend at the areas regional meet.
In the Technical Challenge, the team must build a vehicle that is able to carry at least one team member across the presentation site multiple times, change the vehicle propulsion system and vehicle movement method during the presentation, create and present a story about change that includes a change within a character, and create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents. The Technical team won first place and also won a Renaissance Award for the innovation and technical design of their vehicle. The Technical team consists of Andrew Westlund, Brayden Wooten, Madison Garner, Chase Berry, Mady Posey, Mariam Tran, and Dawson Carpenter. Their team managers are Chip Vaughn and Clay Hansford.
In the Scientific Challenge, each team must research the way organisms use camouflage in nature, showcase camouflage research in a visible appearance of an organism, create and present a story with a plot twist that is caused by the use of camouflage, apply camouflage methods to an origianl, team-designed and created set piece or prop, and create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interstes, skills, areas of strength, and talents. The Scientific team placed third. The Scientific team consists of Isabelle Reneau, Sahib Randhawa, Austin McCain, Layla McCarley, Anabeli Juarez, Carson Fenton, and Ella Moore. Their team manager is Gerson Salvetoreh.
In the Structural Challenge, each team must design and build a structure that both supports weight and is a musical instrument, play a musical solo using the structure, tell a story with at least one musical character, integrate the story with the weight placement testing of the structure, and create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents. The Structural team placed second. The Structural team consists of Mattie Thurman, Kip Childress, Kendall Little, Savannah Lilley, Connor Bailey, Luke Dietz, and Braxton Hohenberger. Their team manager is Jamilyn Hunt.
In the Fine Arts Challenge, each team must present a story set on Earth in team-chosen time period before 1990, discover, live on stage, which of the three suspect characters is responsible for the mystery, include a TechniClue that helps solve the mystery, present in the style of traverse staging, and create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents. The Fine Arts team placed sixth and also received a DaVinci Award for the outstanding creativity of their performance. The Fine Arts team consists of Braylea Brewer, Jasmin Vargas, Corde Mayo, Hope Williams, Allie Thurman, Wiley Bennett, and Allie Grace Woodard. Their team manager is Nathan Woodard.
In the Improvisational Challenge, each team must research Challenge-provided confined spaces, create and perform a four-minute improvisational presentation within a confined space, show how characters work together to address a news flash, and integrate a mysterious stranger and a team-created miscellaneous prop into the presentation. The Improvisational team placed first. The Improvisational team consists of Mattie Smith, Gavin Patrick, Robert Dyer, Ben Braddy, Harley Speed, Rorie Young, and Trinity Sherman. Their team manager is Lane Doughtie.
The Technical and Improvisational teams will advance to the state competition in Anna, Texas at the Anna High School on April 1-2.