Collegiate students off to global finals

The Destination Imagination team will compete in May

Collegiate High School’s senior Destination Imagination team is advancing to the global finals in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Evelyn Flores, a member of the team, is dedicated to the passion of creativity and hopes to do well at globals.

“I am excited to attend the global competition and see everyone from around the world come together and participate in the world’s largest competition of creativity,” Flores said.

The two DI teams, the seniors (DIabolical Royals) and sophomores (DI Do That), made it to Texas Regions in early April, competing against many Texas schools and colleges.

The DIabolical Royals performed a musical under the fine arts challenge and the DI Do That team performed improv under the improvisation challenge.

The DIabolical Royals, who advanced past regionals, taking second place in Texas, is one of the more than 1,400 top-scoring DI teams from 45 U.S. states and 14 countries to head to globals.

DI is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, careers and more. DI blends science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship, according to the Destination Imagination website.

Students work in teams to research, design and build a solution to a selected challenge. While solving a challenge, students are learning a creative process and bringing their solutions to reality.

Krystal Watson, the DI sponsor and Collegiate High School English teacher, notices the skills DI students learn and apply to their everyday life.

“Part of DI is being able to take a problem and see multiple solutions to it and then accessing which one will be the best and most efficient way,” Watson said. “I see them doing that, not just in creative projects but even in their writing.”

The team will be leaving for globals May 21 and will compete either May 23 or 24.

The senior members of DI are fundraising for miscellaneous expenses such as shirts and props to use for their competition at globals. With the goal of $300, the team had raised just over $100 as of press time.

To donate, visit the team’s GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/xzak88-di-global-finals-2018.

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