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With the flip of a coin, it became a tragic beginning with a happy ending. This year, for the second year in a row, Chavez Elementary will be sending another Destination Imagination team to the state DI tournament in Corpus Christi. The team, “HighFive,” will take their HeadsUp Team Challenge and go up against 20 of the top elementary teams in the state. Team members include Leah Allman, 3rd grade; Eva Jones, 3rd grade; Mikayla Ball, 4th grade; Jevin Henson, 5th grade; and Lexis Jones, 5th grade. The HeadsUp Team Challenge incorporated a coin flip, to determine what acting genre (tragedy and comedy) to use at the beginning and at end of the skit, a flip that required a non-verbal acting piece where the story line takes a turn, and the research of six historical figure heads on coins where two were selected as the characters in the story. All the elements had to be used in a tale they learned on-the-spot on the day of the tournament. The improvisational challenge is about spontaneity and storytelling as teams produce a skit and perform in front of a panel of appraisers and an audience.
Jones, the only team member to advance to state and the Global Finals last year on a different team, was excited to learn “HighFive” would be headed to state. “We actually came in second place at regionals and we didn’t know if we would go until a few days after the tournament. Mrs. Miller pulled us in her office to tell us together. We were so happy.”
Destination Imagination (DI) is an international program that involves 45 US states and 15 different countries, broken down into regional areas. It is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization with the purpose to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. This is the fourth year to offer DI to students, K-12, in Little Elm ISD.
Little Elm ISD had seven teams represented at the Trinity Valley North Central Regional competition last weekend. Team Lobo Six-Pack from Chavez, Team Crazy Kidz from Hackberry, A-Team from Prestwick, and Team Cheezzits from Lakeside Middle School. Non-competitive teams who participated were Team Super Supreme from Chavez and a Rising Star team from Prestwick.
"The competition is very nerve racking. We worked really hard as a team to problem-solve together. I think for the next several weeks, we are going to figure out how we can make our team challenge even better so we can advance to Globals, which is an awesome event." said Jones.
State competition is March 23 in Corpus Christi.
Pictured left to right: Mikayla Ball, Lexis Jones, Leah Allman, Eva Jones Not pictured: Jevin Henson
Leah Allman and Lexis Jones show off their winnings!
Team Name- The Icers
Prestwick Stem Academy
Team Name-Super Supreme
Team Name-Lobo Six Pack
Team Name-Crazy Kidz
Team Name-High Five
Competitive Middle School
Team Name- A-Team