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Vitamin Z heading to Global Finals for Destination Imagination


by: REVIEW FILE PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Alex Malmros and app-expert Tessa DiVergilio perform their skit for Destination Imagination before Lake Oswego fire officials in March.Lake Oswego Destination Imagination team Vitamin Z took home second place in its category at a state tournament April 5, advancing to the Global Finals this May, where they will compete against teams from 45 states and 15 countries.

Now, Vitamin Z is planning on fundraising to get the students to the May 21 to 24 competition in Knoxville, Tenn., said Diana Laboy-Rush, whose son, Elliott, is a member of the team.

“We really need to rally the LO community to gather support to get the kids to get there,” Laboy-Rush said.

Destination Imagination is a nonprofit, educational program in which student teams solve challenges and present creative solutions at tournaments.

Three local teams advanced to regionals: Magical Moonfoxes, Westridge Elementary School’s Pink Piggies and Vitamin Z, composed of Westridge and Hallinan elementary school students. Teams take on a challenge and come up with a creative solution.

Vitamin Z 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. 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 major earthquake in Oregon and team members’ love of technology. The app is available in the Google Play store.

For more information, visit Vitamin Z on Facebook or got o fundly.com/send-vitamin-z-to-global-finals.



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