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Homeschool team places 3rd in Destination Imagination finals

Pandemonium challenge involves historic figure


A group of local homeschoolers put their theories to the test and came out winners at a recent Destination Imagination competition in Knoxville, Tenn. The Theories of DI-Tivity team comprises four students who meet at a home education resource center in Beaverton, and this is their second year competing in Destination Imagination together.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left: William Mueller, Gabby Calvi, Team Manager Deborah Mueller, April Straus and Owen Pickering are homeschoolers on the Theories of DI-Tivity team competing in Destination Imagination challenges. Last year, the team earned an invitation to Global Finals, and they placed 20th out of 80 teams in the technical challenge. This year, the teammates chose to compete in an improvisational challenge called Pandemonium.

“They researched occupations from different time periods along with historical facts that occurred during that time,” said Leann Calvi, mother of one team member from West Linn. Her daughter, Gabby, is 10. “The appraisers give them a past character, a style of stage makeup and a pandemonium they have to solve, using the skills and tools of the past character.”

The team had five minutes to put makeup on one member and to design a skit. After that, they are given a present-day character and one additional minute to add that character to the challenge.

The team also competed in an instant challenge, which can be performance- or task-based. Either way, teams have to use creative problem-solving skills, thinking on their feet to solve the challenge. A percentage of their score from the instant challenge is added to the main challenge score.

“It was a huge surprise when The Theories of DI-Tivity were announced as the 3rd place winner,” Calvi said. “We are all still in shock. They competed against 91 teams in their category. They truly are an amazing team and we are so thrilled for them.”

Learn more about Destination Imagination online at destinationimagination.org.



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