by: Submitted photo, HEADED FOR GLOBALS —Four Gulls and a Buoy is one of two Destination ImagiNation teams from Twality Middle School to qualify for the international competition at the University of Tennessee in May.  They are (front row, from left) Zoe Ripplinger, Phillip Hulquist and Rebekah Hays, and (back row, from left) Abby Phillips and Katie Howell.

CORVALLIS - Two Twality Middle School Destination ImagiNation teams are among 20 teams from Oregon headed to DI Global Finals Competition at the University of Tennessee May 21-24.

Both teams won the right to go to the global competition by placing high in the state challenge competition held at Oregon State University on April 5.

Four Gulls and a Buoy, managed by Melinda Howell and Denise Hulquist, placed second in the state competition, and the Fellowship of the United Rubber Hippie Bananas, managed by Adell Lenart, placed third.

The global competition will showcase the talents of nearly 1,000 teams from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and 20 other countries.

The teams first showcased their creativity and problem-solving skills at a regional tournament held in Milwaukie on March 1. The highest scoring teams advanced to the state competition.

Both Twality teams competed in the improvisation challenge, 'Chorific,' which required that the teams create a performance, props and costumes in 30 minutes.

The set-up of the challenges is open-ended, allowing for an endless variety of solutions. All the challenges are designed to develop participants' critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Each of the challenges offers a different focus, such as mathematics, technical design and construction, experimentation, theater arts, social studies, research, story development, architecture, geography, structural engineering and other disciplines requiring critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in tomorrow's world.

Students form teams of up to seven students and work for

12 to 15 weeks to solve one of five challenges, selected based on the interests of the team members. The program is for students kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Twality teams are now raising money - about $1,200 to $1,500 per student - to be able to attend the competition. Anyone wishing to donate to the teams may do so through the Twality Middle School PSO Foundation,

14650 S.W. 97th Ave.,

Portland, 97224-5854, or by contacting Shelly Hays at 503-750-4549. All contributions are tax deductible.

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