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Rosemount teams qualify for national competition

Nine District 196 Destination ImagiNation teams, including four from Rosemount-area schools, had top-three finishes at the state tournament April 12 and qualified to compete at the DI Global Finals May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Destination ImagiNation is a worldwide, performance-based competition that develops students’ creative skills through problem-solving, improvisation, teamwork and independent thinking. Teams of students ranging from elementary to high school compete by age level in one of seven different challenges or problem categories.

Eighteen teams from District 196 qualified for the state tournament at regional competitions held this winter and spring. Rosemount-area teams that qualified for the global finals are:

Shannon Park Elementary School’s “The Dragon Bolts” team finished first in the Going to Extremes scientific challenge. Team members are Ryan Armstrong, Nyah Rudd, Sara Troseth, Ananya Pemaraj, Rachel Leholm, Caelin Smith and Alan Shanks. Parent coaches are Leah Armstrong and Coral Rudd.

Diamond Path Elementary School’s “Psychedelic Creatures” team finished first in the Pitch & Play service learning challenge. Team members are Halle Decker, Abby Duensing, Brady Hines, Henry Lambert, Pranav Mathur, Ellen Sidla and Brady Thomas. The parent coach is Judi Thomas.

Diamond Path’s “Squishy Flaming Dictionaries” team finished first in the Laugh Art Loud fine arts challenge. Team members are Anika Elvrum, Henry Johnson, Karl Jorgenson, Payton Melville, Olivia Beach, Gabe Mohs and Molly Hermann The parent coach is Melissa Elvrum.

Parkview Elementary School’s “Panda Portraits” team finished second in the Laugh Art Loud challenge. Team members are Agape Eshetu, Kira Kvas, Amity Neubauer, Zachary Schade and Hannah Swanson. Parent coaches are Carolyn Hunter and Laura Kvas.

Two additional teams from Shannon Park Elementary also competed at state, as did two from Rosemount Middle School.