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Rosemount teams qualify for Destination ImagiNation global finals

The Argentina Apples Destination ImagiNation team consists of Jonathan Wise, Sam Powell, Brett Pettit, Lucian Westbrock, Jake Simons, Ben Christiansen and Charlie Johnson.1 / 2
The TGIDI Destination ImagiNation team consists of Anna Wise, Anna Peterson, Katie Turner, Lizzie Johnson, Dana Thibodeau, and Maggie Moeller.2 / 2

Two Destination ImagiNation teams from Rosemount schools have qualified for next month's Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The Argentina Apples from Shannon Park Elementary School finished first in the Solar Stage category at state competition earlier this month. Rosemount Middle School's TGIDI finished fourth in projectOUTREACH and won the Torchbearer Award.

The Solar Stage challenge asked students to create and present a theatrical performance that tells a story about the use of solar energy, integrating research about past and current uses of solar power. They also had to design and provide theatrical lighting to light the presentation and create a solar energy prototype.

In projectOUTREACH, students identified a community need and carried out a project to address it. The RMS students raised more than $10,000 for muscular dystrophy research with a 24-hour swim marathon.

The Torchbearer Award goes to students who have had an extraordinary impact on the community.

The students on TGIDI won the global title last year in the Project Outreach competition.

DI teams from Woodland Elementary School and Dakota Hills Middle School also qualified for the Global Finals, which will take place May 23-26.

Three other DI teams from Shannon Park and one other team from RMS qualified for the state competition.

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 five different "challenges" or problem categories. The top two finishers in each age group and category qualify for the Global Finals.