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Destination Imagination tourney boosts local kids

by: PHOTO COURTESY: JOLEIN VONA - The Bad Bunny Corporation team piling weights on their 44.5 gram structure at Regional Tournament on March 16. The structure is made of playing cards, duct tape, plastic straws, glue and bamboo skewers. In addition to holding 410 pounds, the structure survived seven impacts from a ram, seen in the right foreground.Two local public-charter-school teams scored first-place finishes in the state Destination Imagination competition on Saturday, April 6, in Corvallis to go to the global competition in Knoxville, Tenn., from May 22-26.

Winners included elementary students at North Clackamas’ Cascade Heights and the Bad Bunny Corporation, a team of four eighth- and ninth-grade girls from Oregon City’s Alliance Charter Academy.

“This year, they decided to mix it up a little and solve the theatrical improv challenge in addition to the structure challenge,” said BBC team manager Jolein Vona. “Placing first in both challenges was a surprise to the team and their parents.”

Oregon City’s two middle schools, Ogden and Gardiner, each sent teams that received second-place finishes at state. Oak Grove’s Riverside All-stars team placed second at regionals on March 16 at Century High School in Hillsboro, and third at state, strong performances for a first-time team, according to judges.

For more information about the worldwide organization that promotes problem solving, teamwork and creativity in K-12 students, visit destinationimagination.org.



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