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LO kids all set to attend state Destination Imagination tourney


Teams composed of students from Lake Oswego, Westridge, Hallinan

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Alex Malmros and app-expert Tessa DiVergilio perform their skit for Destination Imagination before Lake Oswego fire officials in March.“Come with me and you’ll be/In a world of pure imagination,” Willy Wonka sings in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

It seems some students, including several in Lake Oswego, who participate in Destination Imagination are accepting Wonka’s invitation.

Destination Imagination is a nonprofit, educational program in which student teams solve challenges and present creative solutions at tournaments. Three Lake Oswego teams qualified in regional competitions for the state competition Saturday in Corvallis.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Pink Piggies, who are competing at state in Destination Imagination, include Westridge Elementary School students, from left, back row to front row: Abby Mendoza, Shelby Lofton, Reese Cagann,  Clarissa Snaadt, Avery Jett and Sofia Corso.

Vitamin Z, composed of Westridge and Hallinan elementary schools, took on the solving the service learning challenge, Pitch & Play, requiring students to identify a genuine community need, create a solution and perform a skit about it.

Team member and fifth-grader Tessa DiVergilio led the team in creating an app to prepare people for earthquakes, guiding users through a series of questions to help them put together a plan and an emergency kit. Tessa is looking forward to going to state.

“Something could go wrong, or it could go perfectly, so I’m nervous but also excited,” she said.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Magical Moonfoxes of Lake Oswego High School are heading to the state Destination Imagination tourney, from left: Elise Kronquist, Alena Madin and Rachel Rise.

The students performed for Lake Oswego Fire Department and community members last month to practice for state, and the emergency responders advised the students on content.

“We really enjoy working with our youth, and it’s inspiring to see them come up with these ideas,” Lake Oswego Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk said.

Vitamin Z’s app, The Golden Quake, sparked as a project for the FIRST LEGO Robotics League tournament in December, where the group triumphed. Tessa said the app idea arose from the potential for a giant earthquake in Oregon and team members’ love of technology. The app is available in the Google Play store.

Lake Oswego High School’s Magical Moonfoxes and Westridge Elementary School’s Pink Piggies are competing in their grade levels in the fine arts challenge, Laugh Art Loud, which involves researching a work of art and creating a theatrical presentation in comic strip panels, which the students will present at state. The Pink Piggies are putting on a Salvador Dali-inspired skit.

“They are a group of ants: Let the humans know they shouldn’t sit on the ants and hurt the ants,” explained Kellie Snaadt, a team manager.

The Magical Moonfoxes are dots escaping from a pointillism work, “La Seine a la Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, and traipsing through France’s Louvre. The dots feel they’ve no purpose but discover they’re a crucial part of a greater thing. Adults aren’t supposed to interfere in the idea generation for the groups, so “you see creative, fun, very kid-oriented solutions,” said Carol Linderman, co-team manager.
By Jillian Daley
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