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2 Teams Headed to Destination Imagination Global Finals

Two teams from Abilene ISD are heading to the Destination Imagination Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Seven 7th grade students from Madison Middle School and a seven-member team from Austin Elementary School earned the trip to the Global Finals with successful performances at the Texas DI state competition April 7-8 in Lubbock.

Next, the AISD students will join 8,000 U.S. and international students for the Global Finals event held from May 24-27. Destination Imagination (DI) is an international competitive creative problem-solving program that began in 1999.

The Madison Middle School team “Conundrum” qualified with a fourth-place finish in the Fine Arts Challenge. The team is sponsored by Carol Burson, the Jackson Elementary guidance counselor who began working with these students in DI at elementary school. Team members are Meredith Clancy, Sky Barrera, Lillianna Chaong, Brandon Jones, Trevor Cox, Caryse Morrison and Paige Underwood.

Four of the students – Barrera, Chaong, Clancy and Greenwood – will be making their third trip to Global Finals. In addition to their qualifying finish in Fine Arts, the team received a special Da Vinci Award at state for exhibiting creativity, risk-taking and a unique approach to the challenge.

Austin Elementary’s “It’s A Secret” is the school’s first Globals qualifying team. Jacob Castillo,
Cynthia Grace Darby, Caven Dooley, Chandler Dooley, Cora Hack, Marin Murray and Mason Murray finished sixth in the Improv category. The team is managed by 4th grade teacher Greg Zietlow.

One other AISD team made up of six Madison students and one Cooper High student also competed at the state finals. The “Phenomenal Forensics” team participated in the Science Challenge competition and is managed by Madison teacher Matt Vela. Team members are Cooper freshman Kennedy Carmichael and Madison students Hallie Stone, Shashiska KC, Miller Bannister, Andrew Brokovich, Tyler Cluck and Grace Pacatte.